Big News and More Big News!

We’ve Done It!!!

28 kids with 28 bikes — Trained in Road Safety and Bikes Taken Home!!!

The Christmas Kids Bike project was a big one. But we did it, with only two (or maybe three) extra work sessions. At our second Bike Rodeo, we had two children who were very uncomfortable on their bikes, at the beginning of the session. One said she had not ever ridden without training wheels. But by the end of the afternoon, they both were rolling along like pros.

Saturday’s Neighborhood Group Ride turned out to be a huge success. I asked for 28 adult volunteers to ride as buddies and I think I might have had 30!! Every child had a buddy and we rode in groups of ten, or so. A huge thanks to our new friends at the Liberty Bowl. Art Davis and his crew agreed to open up the part of Young Ave that goes their property, so we could just cross over East Parkway, instead of ride along it. We then continued around the Liberty Bowl to Hollywood, where I’m pleased to report that NO ONE feel on the train tracks and on in to the Belt Line neighborhood where residents smiled and waved as we rolled along. The kids got a real taste of riding on the streets as we continued on the bike lane on Southern and then back to Cooper Street and into First Congo.

Thanks to our friends in the YMCA Y-CAP and Multicultural Achievers programs, Shelby Farms, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Peddler Bike Shop for making this a super event. We have pictures, taken by an actual photographer! But those are coming soon, as he had so many, he has to cull them!

Don’t Forget: Women’s Bike Chat, TODAY!

No sitting to chat this month, just chatting while riding! Join us, at 2:00, all bundled up, to ride to for some hot chocolate. We have two route possibilities and we’ll decide when we gather. Ladies, feel free to bring along your husbands, partners, etc. Hot chocolate is good for everyone. And maybe we’ll see some Christmas lights along the way.

And please wear a helmet. Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets. You can borrow one, if you need to!

And in Other Big News…
We received word, this week, that we have found enough matching grant monies to match our generous grant from the Hyde Family Foundations. So, we have completed our match and step into 2015 with funding in hand to begin some big changes around our space (heating and air is coming!!!) and grow programs that we’ve been dreaming about!

Look out 2015. We have big plans!!

Please Note:

Revolutions will be CLOSED for the Holidays  from Dec 22 through Jan 4.

We look forward to seeing you in 2015!!!

Want to know more about Revolutions?

For the full Revolutions Fall calendar, go here
Oh no! You may not actually be able to call me. Our number is: 901-278-6786, ext. 9, but I think my messages are getting lost in a hole. I’ll let you know when it’s fixed!!

Kidical Mass at the Storywalk and Bike Rodeos!

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Pastor Cheryl Cornish checking out the bikes.

It was a busy week around Revolutions. We began the bike safety portion of our Christmas Kids’ Bike project. Twenty-eight children gathered, Monday, to talk about rules of the road and bike safety. Do you know that game Wheelbarrow? One child puts hands on their floor and has a friend hold their feet. I told the kids the “wheelbarrow” was really a bicycle. And the child holding the feet was the rider. To play the game, the kids had to cross the room, signaling turns as they were called, without dumping their “bicycle.” The kids did a great job!

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Mark Allen making an attempt to win the Slow Bike Race

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Happy, tired kids

 

Half of them then joined us, on Thursday at Revolutions, for a Bike Rodeo. Unlike the saying, it was my first rodeo. I learned some things for next time, but I think a fun time was had by all. You still have a chance to help out with this project. We have a couple more bikes to finish, this afternoon (from 2 to 6). Our next Bike Rodeo is Monday, Dec 15 (volunteers are needed from 3 to 6), and our Donation Day Celebration is Saturday, Dec 20. For the 20th, we need all sorts of helpers, including folks to be Group Ride Buddies. If you can help, sign up here!

 

 

And Then, We Had Kidical Mass

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With almost 50 participants, I think our second Kidical Mass ride was successful. This time Revolutions partnered up with Snowden School and Overton Park Conservancy to host a ride that started that the Storywalk. The Storywalk is a trail beside the East Parkway playground where a book is posted page by page. Readers walk or roll along to read the whole thing. The book unveiled today is Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen about a little girl who builds her own bicycle out of scrap yard junk. I think it may be Revolutions new signature book!

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Kids riding through leaves!

 

 

Overton Park was a great setting for this Kidical Mass because we were able to offer two rides. One, for the kids on balance bikes, trikes and training wheels, as well as strollers, went along the Storywalk. They actually read the story as they rolled along! The second group was older kids and we went through the Old Woods Forest for just over two miles. And of course, we stopped at the Bike Arch, because I can’t roll past without a stop as this awesome landmark!

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Stopping to read a page of the book.

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I really enjoyed planning our Kidical Mass ride with Tina Sullivan (Director of Overton Park Conservancy) and Samantha Crespo (President of Snowen PTO). I look forward to planning more rides, with this group!

 

 

How About a Christmas Party?!

This was quite a year, for Revolutions. Early in the year, we received word that the Hyde Family Foundations gave us a matching grant. And now, just this month, we made our match, thanks to generous contributions from the Assisi Foundation, the Poplar Foundation and First Congregational Church.

Throughout most of the year, the Shop was run by volunteer leaders who did an excellent job keeping the doors open and offering Shop activities for lots of members, new and old. Thanks go especially to Keith Norman, Mark Allen and Gene Carkeet.

For a little Revolutions-by-the-Numbers, we now have close to 200 active members. Almost 50 women participated in this Fall’s Women’s Bike Chats. 90+ kids and grown-ups rode in two Kidical Mass rides, plus all those who participated in three other Wee Ride group rides. And over 40 volunteers worked on the Christmas Kids’ Bike project. And this is just a taste of what we accomplished, this year!

So, won’t you join us to celebrate all that we’ve done?! We’ll have cookies and something warm to drink on Thursday, December 18 from 6:30 to 8:30. Stop in, recount some fun ways you joined in with Revolutions this year and celebrate all that we did, together!

 

And Don’t Forget: Women’s Bike Chat, Next Sunday!

No sitting to chat this month, just chatting while riding! Join us, at 2:00, all bundled up, to ride to for some hot chocolate. Maybe we’ll stop at the Cleveland Ave Flea Market, on the way. We’ll definitely have good company and good conversation!

And please wear a helmet. Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets. You can borrow one, if you need to!

2 Rides, 2 Rodeos, Endless Joy!!!

Last week, did you read all of the upcoming happenings at Revolutions? In case you didn’t, I’m giving them to you, again. I DO NOT want you to miss out on all the fun we’re having.

  • December Dates of Note:
    •  13, Saturday: Kidical Mass ride at Overton Park, 10:30 a.m. We are hosting this ride with Snowden School, but everyone is invited! Bring your kids, on their bikes, bring yourself, on yours. And bundle up! We’ll have something warm to drink, at the end. If you can’t read the image, below, click here for more information.

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  • 18: Revolutions Christmas Party, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
    • Come celebrate all the great work we’ve done, this year!
  • 21: Women’s Bike Chat Hot Chocolate Ride, 2:00 p.m.

There are still lots of ways to help with our Christmas Kids Bikes project. We have two more work sessions (This Afternoon!, and Monday Dec. 8). And there are also two Bike Rodeos and a Group ride, and we NEED volunteers!!!

  • Christmas Bikes (sign-up here, to help)
    • Dec. 7 (TODAY, 2 -6) and Dec. 8 (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.) — Final days for Christmas Bike Builds
      • If you like wrenching on bikes, please join us to finish up the kids bikes so they will be ready for the Bike Rodeos on Dec 11 and 15! No need to sign up, for these dates. Just show up and join us! (You must be a member, but you can join when you arrive!)
    • Dec. 7 (ALSO TODAY, 2-6 p.m.)
      • We need some kids to test-ride these bikes, in order for us to check them for safety (some of them are just too short to be ridden by an adult!). We have bikes for kids from ages 7 to 16. We’ll need a few kids who can use gears, b/c some of the bikes have gears to be checked out. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult!!! Adults who attend on Dec. 7 will help us get the bikes outside, fit them to our test riders and then make adjustments, as needed.
    • Dec 11 (Thur), Dec 15 (Mon.): Bike Rodeos (3 to 6 p.m.)
      • These are at Revolutions from 4 to 5:30. Volunteers should plan to arrive at 3:00 and stay until 6:00. The work will involve moving bikes, changing fit of handlebars/seats, staffing bike rodeo and clean-up, distributing helmets. Sign up for this, here.
    • Bike Donation Day and GROUP RIDE Dec 20 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
      • This day will involve moving bikes, distributing bikes and helmets, assisting in a group ride and celebrating the children!
        • I am especially looking for folks to help with the Group Ride. In the past, kids in this program rode down the Greenline, so they were relatively contained by that path. This year we’re doing a neighborhood ride, that will involve crossing East Parkway and cycling a short ways into Beltline, before heading South to the bike lane on Southern and returning to 1st Congo. In order to keep the kids contained and safe, I would like to have a Ride Buddy for every child! This may be ambitious, but I think we can do it and I think this ride will be really, really fun. I would especially like to have some Spanish speakers because, though the kids all speak English, some of the parents may not. And I would love for them to be able to chat with you about the ride, afterwards.
           
          And please note that unfortunately, this Group Ride is not a time to bring your own children, unless they are attached to your own bike. But if they’re attached, and you feel like you can ride and talk to a Christmas Bike child at the same time, then bring them along!
           
          So, please let me know if you are interested in helping. It would be very helpful for my count if you would sign up on the sign up sheet found here. But if that’s too complicated, you can also email me! And if you have friends who are interested, please share this email and link with them. You do not have to be a Revolutions member to help out with these Bike Rodeo and Group Ride activities!!
  • Dec. 22 through Jan. 4: Revolutions Closed for Christmas/New Year’s

 

Revolutions for Christmas

Are you  looking for some really great bike-y gifts (including Revolutions Gift Memberships) for all your bicycle friends and family? You can find us in the Global Goods store on Saturdays from 9 to 5 and Sundays after church. Global Goods is located at 1000 S. Cooper on the second floor of First Congregational Church. You can also buy memberships (for yourself or as a gift) online! Find us online, here.

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Important Dates — Mark Your Calendars!!

Are you still stuffed from all the turkey, dressing and pie? I am. So here’s just a peace-dotted list of all the great ways to get involved at Revolutions, in December! Oh, and please note, that in a bit more observance of Thanksgiving, Revolutions will NOT be open, today (Sunday, November 30).

  • December Dates of Note:
    •  13: Kidical Mass ride at Overton Park, 10:30 a.m.
    • 18: Revolutions Christmas Party, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
    • 21: Women’s Bike Chat Hot Chocolate Ride, 2:00 p.m.
    • Christmas Bikes (sign-up here, to help)
      • December 1, 4 and 8 (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.) — Final days for Christmas Bike Builds
        • If you like wrenching on bikes, please join us to finish up the kids bikes so they will be ready for the Bike Rodeos on Dec 11 and 15! No need to sign up, for these dates. Just show up and join us! (You must be a member, but you can join when you arrive!)
      • December 7 (Sunday, 2-6 p.m.)
        • We need some kids to test-ride these bikes, to check them for safety (some of them are just too short to be ridden by an adult!). We have bikes for kids from ages 7 to 16. We’ll need a few kids who can use gears, b/c some of the bikes have gears to be checked out. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult!!! Adults who attend on Dec. 7 will help us get the bikes outside, fit them to our test riders and then make adjustments, as needed.
      • Dec 11 (Thur), Dec 15 (Mon.): Bike Rodeos (3 to 6 p.m.)
        • These are at Revolutions from 4 to 5:30. Volunteers should plan to arrive at 3:00 and stay until 6:00. The work will involve moving bikes, changing fit of handlebars/seats, staffing bike rodeo and clean-up, distributing helmets. Sign up for this, here.
      • Bike Donation Dec 20 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
        • This day will involve moving bikes, distributing bikes and helmets, assisting in a group ride and celebrating the children!
    • Dec. 22 through Jan. 4: Revolutions Closed for Christmas/New Year’s

 

Revolutions for Christmas

Are you  looking for some really great bike-y gifts (including Revolutions Gift Memberships) for all your bicycle friends and family? You can find us in the Global Goods store on Saturdays from 9 to 5 and Sundays after church. Global Goods is located at 1000 S. Cooper on the second floor of First Congregational Church. You can also buy memberships (for yourself or as a gift) online! Find us online, here.

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Small Business Saturday!

Shop Small

We have the perfect place for you to shop on Small Business Saturday!! Check out Revolutions gear at the Global Goods Fair Trade Store, on the floor above Revolutions (1000 S. Cooper, enter from Cooper St). Global Goods has Revolutions Gift Memberships, T-shirts and other great bike-y books, gifts and accessories. Keep your holiday shopping local, and support the programs of Revolutions Bicycle CoOp! Global Goods is open, Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

But What if I Want to Shop in My PJs?

You can do that, too!

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You can, now, also buy Revolutions Gift Memberships online. If you’ll tell us what size T-shirt you want, and whether you want the gift card and shirt sent to you or to your gift recipient, we can send out a great Revolutions gift membership to everybody on your Christmas list! Click here, to buy now!!

Holiday Closures, etc

Thanksgiving is coming up and Revolutions will be closed. We will be closed Monday of this week (for a Leadership training),  Thanksgiving day and the following Sunday. But you can join us to continue work on the Christmas Kids Bike project on Monday, Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. See the calendar for our full schedule.

 

Revolutions at the Farmers’ Market

It’s just been too cold! So, we are taking a break from our farmers’  market booth, until Spring. But if you are looking for some really great bike-y gifts (including Revolutions Gift Membership) for all your bicycle friends and family, find us, instead, in the Global Goods store on Saturdays from 9 to 5 and Sundays after church. Global Goods is located at 1000 S. Cooper on the second floor of First Congregational Church.

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Who are the children of the Christmas Bike project?

A friend asked me last week what the Christmas Bike Build entails. Her question got me thinking that maybe others would also like to know, too. Each year, Revolutions receives donated kids bikes that we overhaul  for the Christmas Kids Bikes project. We work with Shelby Farms and two programs at the YMCA: Y-CAP and the Multicultural Achieves.. The folks at the Y choose the children from these programs who will receive bikes. I thought you might like to know a bit more about what these programs do.

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The YMCA says, on their website, about the Y-CAP program:

Y-CAP IS A PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK YOUTH

A holistic approach is used to teach positive values and behaviors. In most cases, youth are first professionally referred to the Y-CAP program from juvenile court systems, school systems and other professional agencies. They are then engaged in activities that promote positive self-worth, goal-setting, improved behaviors, satisfactory academic performance and community service. The program also includes special components for parents/guardians and family members.

The Director of the Multicultural Achievers says:

The YMCA Multicultural Youth Achievers Program originates from our national YMCA Black Achievers program established in 1971 to motivate and encourage African American teens toward academic and career success.  In keeping with the focus of the original founding model, our Multicultural Achievers remains committed to the development of all youth, and like the national Black Achievers movement, has expanded the scope of the program to incorporate all racial groups with an emphasis on minorities.

Our Multicultural Achievers Program at Health Innovations YMCA, focuses on a younger group of children so that we can instill in them at an earlier age the purpose of going to school, focusing on academic achievement and for setting educational goals beyond high school.  At the same time, we work with goals for healthy living by providing nutrition and exercise instruction.

Although the program is designed to help youth achieve academic success, the program has components for the entire family.  The program includes ESL classes for parents and we ask families to join us in financial literacy, nutrition and exercise classes, educational field trips, creative arts, fitness and career clusters.

And then there are the Revolutions volunteers who make this project possible. I counted, this week, and we have had thirty-two people help with this project. Thirty-two! And there is still time for you to help, too. We’re working on kid’s bikes on the dates, listed below. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to do. We can show you, when you arrive, what we’re working on and how you can jump in.

Upcoming Christmas Bike Build days and times:

Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. — Nov. 20, Dec. 4

Mondays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. — Dec. 1 and 8

Sundays from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. — Nov. 23 and Dec. 7

In December, you will have opportunities to volunteer that don’t involve turning a bicycle wrench.

On December 8, we will run a bike safety workshop with the children at their YMCA site. And then on December 11 and 15, we will host them at Revolutions and First Congregational Church for two Bike Rodeos. They will have a chance to try out the bikes we’ve been working on (fingers crossed that they fit!). And then they will practice safe road riding skills, in our parking lot obstacle course!

There will be more information, in upcoming newsletters, for how you can help with the Bike Safety and Bike Rodeo days. But mark your calendars, now!

Women’s Bike Chat, TODAY!

This month’s topic is Rules of the Road. This discussion won’t change driver behavior, but we hope to encourage each other in how we are riding (or hoping to ride) the streets of Memphis. We have some resources and visual aids to talk about. And we’ll share what does and doesn’t work on streets with or without bike lanes. Ladies, I hope you will join us with your experiences and questions.

Join us at 2:00 p.m. in Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative located at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper). Enter off Cooper St. through our Bike Gate. And bring you bike, because if the weather is fine, we’ll take a short ride, afterwards, together!

 

Have You Heard? Revolutions Now Has a Booth in the Cooper-Young Farmers’ Market!

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We have bike-y gifts, books and accessories, as well as gift memberships and tee-shirts. Have you started your Christmas gift shopping, yet? Check us out for all your bike-y friends!

 

 I Can Fix That Class, TOMORROW!

This month’s I Can Fix That classes is on linear pull brakes. Not sure what these are? They look like this: Linear Brakes

 

This class has two spots left! Sign up here. (Classes are for members, only, but you can join when you arrive for class!).

Hours & Info

901-278-6786, ext. 9
Sundays: 2:00-6:00pm, except 3rd Sundays when the Shop is closed for Women's Bike Chat

Mondays: 6:30pm-9:00pm (check calendar for what is happening!)

Thursdays: 6:30pm-9:00pm (Xmas Bike Build!)

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Family-friendly rides

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Find out more on our Facebook group, listed as: "Revolutions' Bike Chat. For women/womyn/ladies/gals/etc."

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