Grand Re-Opening and So Many Other Dates!

We have been busy cleaning, sorting and resetting the space at Revolutions. And now, it is time to re-open. Please join us at the Cooper-Young Festival, on Saturday, September 13 for our Grand Re-Opening celebration. We’ll have a booth right out front of the Shop with information about the Fall, including upcoming classes, Open Shop time and our Christmas Bike Build for YMCA kids. The Shop will also be open for an Open House. Also on the day of the Cooper-Young Fest, join us at 10 a.m.for a Ribbon Cutting to officially re-open the Shop.

And then start thinking about how you want to connect, or re-connect with Revolutions. Did you know that we now have a Women’s Bike Chat? We’re meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month to talk about all sorts of bicycling issues and interests. This Fall there will be a few classes, on Monday evenings. And on Thursdays we will be building bikes for kids participating in our YMCA/Shelby Farms bike donation program. Sundays will now be used for Open Shop time where members can work on their own bikes. You’ll be able to bring your bike in and do minor repairs, using Revolutions’ tools and expertise. Not sure what that squeak is on your bike? Bring it in on a Sunday afternoon and we’ll see if we can figure it out, together!

For the full Fall calendar, go here. More details will be added in the coming weeks. But we look forward to getting back to the work of fixing up bicycles so we can get more folks riding the streets of Memphis.

 

More Upcoming Dates

Sunday, Sept 14 will be our first Open Shop time. Bicycle stands will be available on a first come, first served basis. Open Shop is a time for you to bring your bike in and accomplish small repairs. 

Then on Thursday, Sept 18, it’s the Taste of Cooper-Young. This great tasting of the restaurants of Cooper-Young is a fundraiser benefiting all of First Congregational Church. We want you to come out, eat a lot of great food, participate in the silent auction and maybe even use the new bike racks right in front of 1st Congo! You can read more information here and get your tickets, today.

Then, to round out a very full week, plan to ride in the 2014 Tour de Coop on Saturday, Sept 20. There are three ride choices, a Mini Tour that will be just 2 miles (great for families and small kids on balance bikes and small pedal bikes) all the way up to a 15 mile ride. More info here.

Taste of Cooper-Young and Bike Chat Update

Have you heard about the Taste of Cooper-Young? It is an annual event that offers food samples from a wide variety of local restaurants. There will be a silent auction featuring items from the Cooper-Young community and all around the city, as well as live music!


This will be a great event to ride your bike to, and you can park at the new Bike Corral in front of 1st Congo! Or, you could ride your bike up and down to the tastings, so that you could quickly head back to the Silent Auction tent, if you wanted to check on your bids! Tickets are going fast, and there is only a limited number. So, read more information here and get your tickets, today!

Women’s Bicycle Chat — Update!

Last Sunday, Revolutions hosted our first Women’s Bicycle Chat. We had almost thirty women attend! We were all different ages and abilities. And we plan to make this a regular offering, maybe with a ride, afterwards! 

Some ideas that came out of our chat include: a women’s only bicycle maintenance class, more specific rides (for seniors, women, etc), and a Bike Rodeo. For the Bike Rodeo, one suggestion was to ask MATA to bring a bicycle rack equipped bus, so that we could practice placing bikes on the rack. We thought it would feel like less pressure to try it this way, first, instead of while holding up a bus full of riders!

Thanks, to everyone who joined us. If you’d like to receive updates on this group, please join our mailing list.

 

Bicycle Shop Refurbishment and Temporary Shop Closing

We had some helpers, this week, in what I am calling The Great Clean-Up: 

Most of you will recognize Revolutions’ Founding Director, Anthony Siracusa. Then there is me in the middle, and Revolutions’ second Director, Kyle Wagenschutz. Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? Thanks, guys, for all the help!

More Big News!

Hello from the New Director

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Greetings! My name is Sylvia Crum and I am the new, just announced, Executive Director of Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to step into this incredible work. Revolutions has a long and impressive history of helping folks learn to repair their own bicycles. And I look forward to continuing to build the bicycling community of Memphis. My husband is Teddy Crum, a teacher at Snowden School, and we have two children under five years old! My family moved to Memphis two years ago, and a big part of our decision to come here, instead of another Southern city, was the growing bicycle infrastructure. We were pleased that by living in Cooper-Young, we could, again, be a one car family. And we intend to decrease our car usage even more, now that we have a family bike that can haul the kids along with all of our stuff!

I come to Revolutions with an eclectic job history, all of which adds to my skill set to do the wide and varied work of this bicycle cooperative. In rural and urban Alabama, I worked to establish farmers’ markets and decrease food deserts. And for a time in Malawi, in Southeastern Africa, I coordinated development and youth empowerment projects. I also have a great love of sewing. My grandmother, who always sewed my halloween and ballet costumes, instilled this love in me. But by the time I was ready to learn, her arthritis was too severe to teach. So instead, I learned to sew clothes by reading patterns and asking lots of questions of older women at church. And I learned to quilt in a very small town in Missouri with a group of little old ladies who quilted with their United Methodist Women’s circle. For many years, I even ran my own sewing business, providing stoles and paraments to clergy around the Southeast!

All of this hands on work made for an easy leap to bicycle maintenance and repair. I spent the month of June in Oregon at the United Bicycle Institute. I received a solid education, there, and had a chance to practice my skills for the month of July with our friends at the Peddler Bike Shop. I know I have much more to learn, but I look forward to doing that alongside all of our Revolutions members!

We have much planned for Revolutions for the Fall, and I hope you will join us in classes, projects and Bicycle Chats! Please watch this newsletter and the Revolutions Calendar for ways you can continue to get involved!

We had Kidical Mass

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Kidical Mass! Kids and grown-ups out on the road with their bicycles! On Friday night, we had forty-five folks out to ride! It was slow, and there was some veering to the left (see walking mom, above, helping with corralling!). But there were also lots of smiles, both from the riders and the restaurant patrons along Cooper! The second time around the block, some cars behind the group were honking, but surely it was only to encourage us along, right?!

If you missed this ride, plan to join us for the next Kidical Mass ride on Saturday, September 20. We’ll join GrowMemphis’ Tour de Coop for their Mini-Tour. More info here.

Women’s Bicycle Chat

Ladies, please plan to join us next Sunday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. for a Women’s Bike Chat! We will gather at 1st Congo on the North Deck (unless the weather is bad! Then, find us just inside the deck).

I came back from my month in Oregon with lots of ideas for how Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative could do more to reach out to women through rides, classes and other gatherings. I’d like to share a few of those ideas. And I would also like to hear how you might like to connect more, too.

When you think about bicycles, are you thinking about riding bikes for recreation or transportation or both? Are you thinking about health and safety? Are you thinking about how to carry stuff or people by bike? How do you use your bike or how would you like to? Do you feel supported in your bike use and would you be interested in knowing more women on bicycles?

These are the types of questions I would like to chat about. Would you be interested in gathering with me?

 

Bicycle Shop Refurbishment and Temporary Closing

For the last seven months, Revolutions has been kept running by three extremely dedicated volunteers. I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to Keith Norman, Mark Allen and Gene Carkeet for running the Shop, finding work for volunteers and members and cleaning up the floods after the deluges of June and July! These three worked so very hard and we all owe them a standing ovation for their tireless work!

On Friday, August 15, Revolutions will close the Shop temporarily to do some refurbishment of our space. Hopefully this short closure will give everyone a time to rest and me the time to re-envision the space! Don’t be surprised, though, if I call on you to come help sort tools, parts or wheels!! We plan to re-open by the Cooper-Young Fest. And we’ll keep you posted via this newsletter, on our progress!

Our Ride into the Future!!

We’ve got some news-and as our friend Mark “Keeping It Wheel” Allen put it:  “This is good, great and fantastic-all at the same time!!”

What’s the news?  Our Revolutions Bicycle Co-op has received a grant from the Assisi Foundation for $50,000!  This is money that we can use to get an Executive Director in place, as well as start some much-needed updates to our space, and the Revolutions Planning Committee and the officers of 1st Congo Church have gathered this week to move forward.

The good news:  Programs that Revolutions has established and become known for nationally will be maintained and strengthened!

The great news:  We are moving forward with new expansions of the Revolutions program in the form of our Cycle Lodge, new classes, and the largest membership we’ve ever had-100 new members so far this year!  Big thanks to Keith Norman who has logged extensive shop hours to make this happen, along with Mark Allen, Jackie Nerren, Sylvia and Teddy Crum.

The fantastic news:  Sylvia Crum is stepping into the Executive Director’s position!  She meets every hope and expectation we had for this new position and she brings a fresh perspective.  She will be the only woman in charge of a bicycle co-op in the South!

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A United Bicycle Institute certified mechanic, Sylvia’s skillful hand has already been at work in Memphis, organizing the highly successful Wee Rides, tomorrow’s Kidical Mass ride, traveling to Portland to glean information from other bike shops and cooperatives and networking effectively with bicycling advocates in Memphis.

She’ll begin with a 25-hour a week position next week, and it’s going to be a wonderful ride into the future!

 

–Guest post submitted by Rev. Cheryl Cornish, 1st Congregational Church

A Kidical Mass Ride!

We want more families and kids on bikes! We have had several great rides with Wee Ride Memphis (our family-friendly bicycle rides hosted by Revolutions). But we’re having trouble getting families to ride with us. Many have said that they don’t have a way to tote the little kids on, or behind, their bikes. After a very informal and small survey, we decided to try something different: a much shorter ride! Lots of other cities are doing rides like this. They call them Kidical Mass rides.

For our Kidical Mass, we plan to meet at 1st Congo, and ride the four blocks it takes to get all the way around the church, on the street. At then end, we’ll head up to the deck on the north side of the church and enjoy homemade ice cream, together! Will you and your kiddos join us?

On Friday, August 8, we’ll meet at 6:45, go over a few rules of the road and ride, and then head out promptly at 7:00 p.m. We encourage parents to bring kids with balance bikes, bikes with training wheels and other kids bikes, as well as your own. Everyone MUST wear a helmet for this ride.

Will you join us?

DATE: 08/08/2014 (Friday)

TIME: Meet around 6:45 PM, Roll out promptly at 7:00

START: We are meeting at 1st Congo, 1000 S. Cooper St, in the Southeast parking lot (on top of the labyrinth in the parking lot, where you would park if you were coming to the farmers’ market).

END: 1st Congo, on the North end of the building. We will park the bikes and gather on the North deck for homemade ice cream.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED AND BELLS AND LIGHTS ARE STRONGLY SUGGESTED. Kids under 16 are required by Memphis Code of Ordinances to wear helmets, but as a ride sponsored by Revolutions Memphis, we require all riders to wear helmets and be a good example for the kids.

What is Kidical Mass? Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. The first ride was held in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon and has now spread to over a dozen communities throughout North America and beyond. The rides are meant to be family friendly bike rides through a community.

All types of bikes, trailers, trail-a-bikes, Xtracycles, longtails, bakfiets, Long Johns, tandems, folders, trikes, and whatever rolls are welcome! We celebrate the fact that Kids are Traffic Too and aim for family fun on vehicles that don’t hurt the future!

Check out this great FAQs page for how Kidical Mass works.

ROUTE: We plan to ride four full blocks, on the street, around 1st Congo. If older kids show up, we’ll add a few blocks more for them.

****ROUTE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*****

RSVP: To Wee Ride Memphis’ facebook page.

FAQs:

  • What happens if there is bad weather?:  If it rains, we won’t ride. Please check back on the website and Facebook group.
  • I want to drive down, where can I park?: We suggest you park in 1st Congo’s South parking lot (along Walker) or the Northeast parking lot (along Blythe), so you can easily reload bikes and kids at the end.
  • How fast do you go?: For this Kidical Mass we will go so slow we could probably walk faster. No really, this ride is at a slow rate, we wait for the group between lights / stop signs and we cross these together.
  • Kids on Training Wheels?: This will be a very short and slow ride. Therefore, we welcome training wheels and balance bikes.
  • Can I come without a kid?: Yes, as long as you are pro safe streets and do not make us nervous you are welcome to come without children. Please remember though you are riding with children.
  • Can I come without an adult?: Sorry, at this time we require you come with an adult who is responsible for you.
  • Can I volunteer to help?: YES PLEASE. Send us a Facebook message!

Riverside Drive and Kidical Mass

Don’t Forget:

This Tuesday, July 29 at the Beale Street Landing, join in on the Riverside Drive Complete Streets Project Community Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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In June, Riverside Drive was transformed into a multi-use path. Have you ridden your bicycle, walked or driven down it, yet? What did you think?

This community meeting is the first of several that will be scheduled during the pilot period so that data can be shared and public comment can be made. This meeting will include information about what data is being gathered, the projected schedule of future meetings, and what the public can expect during the duration of the pilot period. Doors will open to the meeting at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation at 6:30pm.

Come to the community meeting and express yourself. Your ideas and opinions are a valuable part of the process that will impact the final design of this roadway. The ultimate success of the Riverside Drive Access and Mobility Project depends on your participation… so please join in!

BEALE STREET LANDING

251 RIVERSIDE DRIVE

MEMPHIS, TN 38103

Questions? Please contact Kyle Wagenschutz, Bicycle /Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Memphis at: (901) 636-6710 or kyle.wagenschutz@memphistn.gov

 

Next Revolutions Class:

Bike Tools and Parts on Monday, August 4. More details and sign-up here.

 

Save the Date!

Have you been thinking, “Gosh, I wish I could ride with my kids on the streets of Memphis, but I can’t because…”?

Well, we have a ride for you! Join us on Friday, Aug. 8 at 6:45 p.m. for a very slow, very short ride on the streets, around 1st Congo. We’re encouraging parents to come out with their kids and their bikes. Parents should be on bicycles and kids can be on whatever kind of bicycles they have: balance bikes, bikes with training wheels, bikes without training wheels. We just want families to have a way to bicycle together!

You can read more here and join our Facebook Wee Ride event here. Save the date and we hope to see you on the 8th. There will be homemade ice cream at the end of the ride!

Classes and Community Involvement

Greetings to you in the midst of this beautiful Fall weather. Since it’s so cool out, I’m sure you are looking for places to ride your bike. Revolutions has several ideas for you!

First, how about a some classes?

Traffic Skills 101

This traffic skills course will help you understand riding in traffic –from side roads, to bike lanes, to urban highways.  It will give you the confidence you need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. This is a “must have” if you have thought about bicycle commuting, or just for day-to-day riding on city streets.  It will give you the confidence and know-how to handle traffic basics.

Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen.

Class cost $30 dollars for members and $50 for non-members and includes a student manual.

 

Class is limited to 10 openings. And you can sign up here. This is a class in two parts. Please plan to attend both sessions:

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, in Conference Room B

Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM, the Field Practical (parking lot and road session)

 

 

Community Meetings

Looking for a way to have your voice heard? Cycle on down to the Beale Street Landing, on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:00 p.m. for the Riverside Drive Complete Streets Project Community Meeting.

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In June 2014, Riverside Drive was transformed using paint and signs to demonstrate how a reconfigured street could improve access and mobility to the Memphis riverfront for persons walking or riding bicycles. This temporary exhibition will be used over the next 12-18 months to test, measure, and refine the design so the end result is a street that works well for all roadway users. A series of public meetings will be used to share data that has been gathered and to receive comments and questions about the roadway’s current and future function.

This community meeting is the first of several that will be scheduled during the pilot period so that data can be shared and public comment can be made. This meeting will include information about what data is being gathered, the projected schedule of future meetings, and what the public can expect during the duration of the pilot period. Doors will open to the meeting at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation at 6:30pm.

Come to the community meeting and express yourself. Your ideas and opinions are a valuable part of the process that will impact the final design of this roadway. The ultimate success of the Riverside Drive Access and Mobility Project depends on your participation… so please join in!

BEALE STREET LANDING

251 RIVERSIDE DRIVE

MEMPHIS, TN 38103

Questions? Please contact Kyle Wagenschutz, Bicycle /Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Memphis at: (901) 636-6710 or kyle.wagenschutz@memphistn.gov

 

Volunteers Needed

Tour de Coop-2013

Did you go on last year’s Tour de Coop, put on by GrowMemphis? It was awesome!! This tour of backyard chickens, honeybees and community gardens is a great way to see how Memphis is growing our own food. And it can all be seen by bicycle. This year’s tour will be on Saturday, September 20. GrowMemphis needs volunteers to put on this event. If you are interested in helping, please email Carole Colter at carole@growmemphis.org. And mark your calendars, because if you aren’t volunteering, you’ll want to be riding!

 

Hours & Info


Sundays: 2:00-4:00pm, 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!)

Wee Ride Memphis

Family-friendly rides

Women’s Bike Chat

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

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