A Bittersweet Announcement
I have an announcement that I feel bittersweet about. David Evans, who has been a creative member of our staff and an amazing mechanic and teacher, told me that he wants to pursue a new path. We’re so sorry to see David leave our staff and we wish him the best of luck with his new endeavors. We’ve appreciated his work in setting up our new Shop, his acumen for teaching us about bicycle maintenance and his incredible enthusiasm for all things bike! We didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate David, so Women’s Bike Chat will have a cake and some time to say what we’ve loved about David, at 2:00 p.m., TODAY. Feel free to stop in.
A Time to Think
With David’s leaving, we’re going to take some time to reassess our Fall schedule. I came home from the Netherlands with a very strong desire for us to have a Training Fleet of bicycles. These would be overhauled bicycles that we could use to host rides for people without bikes, or even teach a group to ride on. We have lots of bikes waiting for this type of overhaul.
We also have several ways that we are attempting to connect with our community. The Bike to Dinner and Orange Mound rides were very popular, this Summer. I’d like to see us do more of those while the weather is nice. And the Easy Rider Adult TriCycles program that we are running for the City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods is about to start. So, I want to spend some time figuring out the best way for us to tackle these projects.
To that end, our Shop hours may be wonky for another couple of weeks. I hope you’ll bear with me and Revolutions, as we figure out our Fall schedule. I’m excited about the ways we’re going to be out in the community. And I’m excited about the possibilities for how we can use the Shop and our tools.
Basic Bike Assessment–Postponed
Because of this time of thinking, we’re postponing this month’s Basic Bike Assessment class until the Monday, October 5th. Not only does this class give a great overview of what maintenance you should be doing on your bicycle, it also gives a nice overview of how you can plug in, to Revolutions. There’s still plenty of room, in the class. So, read more and sign up, here.
Tour De Coop
It’s your last week to sign up. Revolutions, in cooperation with GrowMemphis, is co-hosting the 3rd Annual Tour De Coop, on Saturday, Sept. 26! I think about 60 folks rode the first year. Last year, there were over 300. What do you think? Can we make it 500 this year?
This guided, and self-guided, tour of backyard chicken coops, honeybees and community gardens is a fun way to see our city. Come check out how Memphians are changing our food system. And also try out how ridable our city is, in a fun and friendly group-ride setting.
Read more and get tickets, here. And we’ll see you on Saturday!
Out in the Community:
Connecting People and Transit Using Technology
An informal evening with TransLoc, MATA, and the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government Innovation Team
TransLoc will introduce its Memphis real-time bus arrival app, then lead a lively panel discussion about the links between people, transit, and technology. How can the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) get and use feedback about where people want to go? What if transit drivers could pick up riders on demand using an app? Should private services pick up people, in partnership with transit, in hard-to-serve areas? How can technology help public transit serve all of us – better, faster and possibly cheaper?
Join TransLoc, MATA, and the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government to share your ideas:
Thursday September 24, 2015
Lost Pizza Company
2855 Poplar Avenue
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Attendance is limited; please register below to ensure a seat. Pizza will be provided.
TransLoc Rider | Bus and Transit Tracking App
The TransLoc Rider app puts you in control with real-time updates so you’ll never miss your bus again. Isn’t it nice to always know where your bus is?
to plan your route and track bus arrival time. Bicyclists, join Bikes on Broad at the Overton Park Bike Gate on East Parkway at 6 pm then head to Lost Pizza from the ride.
Register today at memphis.uli.org/event/connecting-people-transit-using-technology/
What’s Happening This Week,
2:00-6:00 p.m. Women’s Bike Chat
6:30 p.m. Shop CLOSED
6:00-9:00 pm Shop CLOSED
6-9 p.m. Taste of Cooper-Young
8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tour De Coop — Don’t miss this ride!
2:00 p.m. Shop CLOSED
Coming up, soon:
Monday, Oct 5
6:30 p.m. Basic Bike Assessment class