The 2012 VSU Happening was among the largest, loudest, and busiest in twentyish year history of the event. Every year VSU sets aside one day when it invites its diligent students to set down their books, turn off their documentaries, and meet on the front lawn to sample food, music, and freebies provided by businesses and other groups from the Valdosta area.
This was the first time the Valdosta Bike Co-op was in attendance at the Happening, and it proved to be a real success. Several Co-op volunteers showed up to pass out flyers and sign up new volunteers. Patrick Stanley even gave out about 250 hand-pressed sweatshop-free bike buttons.
We want to thank everyone who made it out to the Happening, and especially everyone who visited our table. These kinds of events are a great way to advertise the Co-op and if you’re interested, we always need volunteers. Not every job requires skill or interest in bike repair. Here are some ways you might be able to get involved.
Advertising: Maybe you’d like to help pass out flyers advertising Critical Mass rides. Every day there are hundreds of bikes chained up along the pedestrian walkway. With your help we can let these folks know about the monthly bike advocacy ride downtown.
Advocacy: Are you interested in government, public policy, or public relations? Even if you’re not we are always looking for volunteers who are willing to strengthen the ties between local leadership and the Valdosta Bike Co-op. If you’d like to see a greater public emphasis on local transportation alternatives, bike lanes, or a bike park, then you have to get involved with local government to help make your dreams a reality.
There are countless other ways that you can get involved with the Valdosta Bike Co-op. If you are interested in volunteering, during shop hours, or on your own time please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Let us know your information, availability, and interest level. We’d love to work with you to build a more bike-friendly Valdosta.