2013-12 Ian Bathurst Eagle Project

posted Dec 8, 2013, 6:58 AM by Amanda Seigler   [ updated Mar 23, 2014, 12:27 PM ]

Delray high schooler adds bike racks to local parks

Ian Bathurst installs new bike racks for Eagle Scout project           

By Marisa Gottesman, Sun Sentinel
5:44 p.m. EST, December 5, 2013
For many teenagers, turning 18 means buying a lotto ticket or placing a bet on a straight flush, but for Ian Bathurst it was about installing bike racks.
As the Atlantic High senior counted down the last days of childhood, the pressure to get the installations done was on.
The Eagle Scout was on deadline to finish the job, his Eagle Project, by the time he blew out his birthday candles on Tuesday
He did. Bathurst officially crossed over to adulthood, ending his Boy Scout days and leaving his legacy to Troop 356 in the form of six new bike racks located in a few Delray Beach parks.
"The Eagle Project is not necessarily about a day of hard work," he said. "It's about having an impact and showing leadership skills."
To do that, he met with city officials and shared his plans for adding the racks, which the city donated.
The idea for his project spun from his love of biking and the city's need for the racks.

"Anything with two wheels, and I am into it," he said.
That includes mountain biking, road biking and dirt biking. He even works at Richwagen's Bike & Sport, a local bike shop.
And it was his boss, Albert Richwagen, who helped the project come to life, when he invited Bathurst to Delray's Vision 2020 workshop.
Bathurst was the only teen to attend the March meeting, which outlined where people want to see Delray in 2020.
Sitting between Mayor Cary Glickstein and the interim Parks and Recreation Director Tim Simmons, Bathurst listened to residents express frustration at the city's lack of racks.
So, he got to work, coordinating a project that people would not only remember, but use.
"A lot of people's projects don't have a widespread effect," he said. "You can fix up a church and the people from the church love it, but no one else really knows about it."
And it's not that he wants credit or to boast about making his mark.
"There's no plaque saying I did it," he said. "I didn't do it for me or for my project. I did it for the community."
And bikers can't wait to reap the benefits of having a safe place to stow their favorite form of transportation.
"Unless you're going to ride down the block and go directly home, you're going to stop and have to store your bike securely," said Patrick Halliday, president of the
Delray Beach Bike Club, who helped with the installations.
He said finding the proper place to do that can be challenging.
"Just on Atlantic Avenue I see bikes chained to parking signs, stop signs, meters, trees," Halliday said. "The racks will help immensely.

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