Revolutions Memphis will be closed Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All programs normally scheduled for those days are canceled.
Revolutions will reopen again on Monday, December 2, 2013.
Our last New Member Orientation class will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:30pm. Sign up now if you want to get started before the end of 2013!
It’s that time of year again. We’ve begun assembling and repairing all of the bicycles that will be provided to 30 children this holiday season as a part of the annual Holiday Bike Recycle in partnership with Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and the YMCA of Greater Memphis. There are several ways that you can take part in the programming:
- Come down to Revolutions during any of our established Volunteer Programming (Sun. 2pm-4pm, Mon. 6:30pm-8:30pm, and Thurs. 6:30pm-8:30pm) and offer to help work on the kids’ bikes. All hours that you volunteer will count towards earning your membership or your membership renewal. We need help from people with all skill levels – from cleaning and sorting bikes to more serious mechanical repair. Check out our calendar for full details about when volunteers are needed.
- Each child going through the program will experience 10 hours of bike safety and skills training. Volunteers will be needed to help instruct the kids during our planned events in mid-late December. No experience is needed to assist with this task and is a very rewarding experience for both the volunteers and kids alike. This year, training will occur on Wednesday, December 18 and Friday, December 20. We’ll put another call volunteers out in early December for this activity, but please send an email to email@example.com if you’d be interested in helping with this training.
- The Holiday Bike Recycle concludes each year with a bike ride down the Shelby Farms Greenline. We are seeking volunteers that are willing to help chaperone during the ride. This year, the ride will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information if you’d like to help with this portion of the event.
This is one of our favorite programs each year and we hope you’ll come and be a part of it!
Join Revolutions Memphis in supporting The Hampline: a new route providing safe accommodations for persons riding bicycles to go between Overton Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.
Once completed, The Hampline will be the most innovative bicycle infrastructure project to occur within the United States. New York City has a few similar cycle tracks, as does Montreal and Vancouver, B.C., but The Hampline will be the gold standard for other cities to follow. You can read more about this project from an earlier blog post found here.
The goal of the campaign is to raise $75,000 from the public. The remaining funds required to begin the build (approximately $175,000) will be raised via private contributions and foundations.
The public campaign is utilizing ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led neighborhood projects. ioby’s platform is similar to Kickstarter, but is specifically for grassroots-based civic projects. ioby fondly stands for “In Our Backyards.” Those interested in contributing to the campaign may visit https://ioby.org/project/hampline for more information. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. For the project to stay on schedule and the build to be completed, funding must be secured by November 23.
The project to create a bicycle connector linking Overton Park and the Greenline was launched in 2010 during Broad Avenue’s “New Face for an Old Broad” event. Revolutions Memphis was there to help demonstrate the power of grassroots efforts to revitalize a neighborhood and the positive impact reconfiguring streets to support all methods of transportation can have in improving livability and neighborhood redevelopment.
The Hampline is designed to be a cycle track for all levels of persons riding bicycles. It will showcase best practices with regards to protected cycle tracks, considered best-in-class design for green lanes (protected bicycle lanes). This design provides greater safety for people rding bikes because it is physically separated from automobile traffic by a physical barrier. The project, which incorporates leading standards for on-road cycle track design, signalization, and storm water engineering, was designed and engineered by pioneers in the field (Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., Alta Planning and Design, and the GreenLane Project) in partnership with the City of Memphis Engineering. Livable Memphis and Broad Avenue Arts District provided project leadership.
The total cost for the project is estimated at $4.5 million, which includes construction ($2.6m), planning and design ($600k), sidewalk accessibility improvements ($500k) and art enhancements ($800k). To date, over $1.2m has been raised privately via foundations and grants to fund the initial phases of the project. The City of Memphis secured funding for the majority of the build via Congestion Mitigation Grant Air Quality (CMAQ) funding.
In addition to showcasing engineering innovation with the street design, the Hampline will feature two miles of public art murals and sculptures, an amphitheater and numerous art galleries, this bicycle and walking track is located in the Binghampton Community (“The Hamp”) and links Overton Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline via a state of the art, two-way protected cycle track.
EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS: MAKE A DONATION TODAY!
To make a contribution: https://ioby.org/project/hampline
Announced alongside the 16th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival line-up at Craig Brewer’s Peep Show on October 3, the 16th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will feature an opportunity for attendees to enjoy the festival and the surrounding community in a new way. IndieBikes was announced alongside the festival line-up at Craig Brewer’s Peep Show on October 3.
Co-sponsored by Revolutions Memphis and organized by volunteers, IndieBikes is a grassroots, Memphis-style bike share concept that loans free bicycles to festival participants who wish to travel between film venues and experience Memphis without their cars. Participants may “check out” loaner bikes for up to three hours at a time and will be given maps of the surrounding neighborhoods highlighting restaurants, bike lanes and trails, parks and other amenities.
The bike share bikes were built by volunteers from Revolutions Memphis using donated and reclaimed parts. After IndieMemphis, they will be donated to individuals through the Revolutions Annual Holiday Recycled Bicycle Giveaway. They will be temporary branded as IndieBikes with artwork by Memphis College of Art students.
The Peddler Bike Shop will offer longer-term rental bikes for those who wish to keep a bike for the duration of the festival. Both IndieBikes and Peddler Bike Shop bikes may be conveniently accessed from the Memphian Room at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper.
For more information, visit www.indiememphis.com/bikes.
For more details about the 16th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, please visit their website.
First Congregational Church is celebrating its 150th Birthday on the weekend of October 5th & 6th! We’re planning wonderful activities for that weekend – and we hope you’ll join us to see what makes this church a model for modern ministry – all around the country!
An Open House will take place on Saturday, October 5th – from 10:00am – 12:00 noon. While most of you have seen Revolutions Memphis, you may have never seen the WHOLE church – inside of the shared-space offices, the art studios and maintenance workshops, the choir room and areas above the sanctuary or the hostel and retreat center. Every room will be open, and someone will be there to greet folks and tell them about what happens in that space – answer questions – and just let them look around and be amazed at the huge variety of good things that happen here!
If you haven’t been down to Revolutions Memphis in a while and want to check out the new layout or talk about the new membership programs, come see us on October 5th!
For full details about all the anniversary events planned for the weekend of October 5th and 6th, please contact the church office at (901) 278-6786.
As a part of our weekly members-only classes offered each Monday night at 6:30pm, we want to know what classes you’d like to see offered this fall. We’ll continue to offer core classes like DIAGNOSIS 101 and BICYCLE WHEELS, but we know that some of you are interested in more in-depth discussions about some specific mechanical systems on your bikes. Please take a few minutes to fill out the poll below and cast your vote!
You can view a description of all these classes here.
Remember, mechanical classes are offered for free, but can only be attended by active members. If your membership needs to be renewed, or if you want to earn a membership for the first time, please sign up for one of our future Orientation Classes here where you will learn all you need to know about taking advantage of the full range of membership programs available at Revolutions Memphis.
This afternoon we’ll be back up and running after a relaxing holiday weekend. We’re also gearing up for this year’s Cooper-Young Festival taking place on Saturday, September 14 from 9am-7pm. Each year, Revolutions Memphis has a table to share the great programs happening in the basement of First Congregational Church each week. This year is no different and we need your help!
If you are interested in helping to man the booth next Saturday, please send an email to Toni at email@example.com and let her know which time slot you can help work. No experience is necessary and all hours will count towards earning or renewing your membership! All you have to be willing to do is talk with people about the great things happening at Revolutions Memphis.
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