Last week we received word that The Valdosta Bike Co-op has been chosen for one of the Georgia Bikes seed grants. Each year the organization awards ten grants of $1500 to bike groups working to build cycling infrastructure and culture in their community.
We are extremely excited to be receiving this grant as it will help us jump start a number of projects including stocking a solid base of bike parts, beginning our bike maintenance workshops, getting some bike safety literature printed, and a handful of other projects.
We received word of the grant on the heels of our successful tool fundraising campaign, so we are starting off our second month with a lot already happening. Most of our tools should be in the shop by this coming Wednesday (the 9th), so be sure to come check us out sometime this week!
The Valdosta Bike Co-op has partnered with Georgia Bikes! to celebrate May as National Bike Month. As part of the celebration, we will be hosting a number of events.
On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Valdosta Bike Co-op will host its first community ride on the Azalea City Trail. The ride will begin at the start of the trail near Vallotton Park and will finish at the end of the trail near the Craig Center. This will be a family-friendly ride and will keep a reasonable pace. The ride will begin at 1 PM following a brief bike safety lesson.
The ride will begin with a proclamation by a local leader of the City of Valdosta appointed by Mayor John Gayle. The proclamation will officially declare May as National Bike Month in the City of Valdosta. Riders will then follow the nearly 3 mile trail through beautiful Central Valdosta.
The goal of this ride is to promote the use of the bike and pedestrian trail as well as to promote National Bike Month. The members of the Valdosta Bike Co-op would like to invite the entire community to join us in the fun, healthy, and safe community ride.
If you wake up this Saturday wondering what you should do with your day, allow me to offer some suggestions. Feel free to mix and match.
Start off the day by heading downtown for the first Downtown Farm Day of the year. The market is from 9AM-1PM and will feature all kinds food/earth related goodies from local folks.
Once you get done, you can head about half a mile north and visit us at the Valdosta Bike Co-op. We’ll be open from 10AM-5PM working on some bikes, getting organized, and just hanging out. So if you’re interested in checking the place out, need a bike or some repairs done, have donations you want to bring us, want to get involved, or just want to chill, then stop by for a bit.
After that, you can head up to Red Door Records where they’ll be celebrating National Record Store Day in style with ice cold beer, a hot dog eating contest, and brand new records.
So get out of the house and enjoy the day and all that Valdosta has to offer!
Yesterday (April 18th) was the opening day of the Community Cycling Center of Valdosta. Our open hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2PM – 7PM and Saturdays from 10AM -5PM. We hope to expand these hours a bit once we get everything running a bit more smoothly. In the meantime, feel free to drop off donations (cash or otherwise), come by to volunteer, or just stop in to hangout. Also remember to check out the Indiegogo campaign. We’ve got 9 days left on the campaign to raise enough money to purchase our tools. If you haven’t looked yet, we have a ton of awesome perks, so even if you’re not in Valdosta, you can still get something while helping out a great cause. The perks include clocks, buttons, stickers, tattoos, and more!
We are working to set up a tool library for the co-op.
This “library” will contain all of the tools one might need to work on a bike, and will be free to access to anyone in the community anytime the co-op is open.
Once we have the tools, we intend on offering free bicycle maintence classes so cyclists can learn how to upkeep their bikes and fully utilize the tool library.
Please check out our Indiegogo site to donate.
We would also greatly appreciate it if you would share this with your friends through email, facebook, twitter, and any other social networking sites you utilize.
Matt and Patrick
In case you missed it, click here to donate
We’re trying to raise money for some tools. Check out the video if you have a moment and go to our Indiegogo site. We could really use your help. (Please don;t let our poor video making skills deter you from helping…we’re much better at bike stuff).
The Valdosta Bike Co-op is most grateful to “guitarist and photomanipulator extrodinaire” Dave Durden for his work on our forthcoming bumper stickers.
The sticker will feature two simple messages, but carries multiple meanings. First, it is a message to motorists: ride right is a call for motorists to obey Georgia’s 3 feet law. Second, it is a call to cyclists: ride right means ride to the ride of vehicles with the flow of traffic. “It’s the law” is a reminder that recent changes to Georgia bike law were written for the benefit and safety of motorists and cyclists.
Look for the stickers to be available in April. They should sell for around $1 per sticker and all of the money will help raise funds for the Community Cycling Center.