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Bike to Brunch

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Well, we thought we might be crazy, but we decided to Bike to Brunch the morning of the UofM/Ole Miss game, anyway. And yes, the line at Bryant’s was a bit longer than normal. But we had good folks to chat with and delicious biscuits and pancakes, in the end. The weather was gorgeous and there is a very handy bike rack just across the street at Grahamwood Elementary. We also found Faxon St, just north of Southern. It was a lovely, wide and sparsely traveled neighborhood street.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Bike to Brunch. It will be on Halloween and we’re going to feature Melrose High School. In a two-part event you can either choose to join us at Revolutions at 8:30 a.m. or head straight to Melrose, at 9:00 a.m.  After we all gather, we’ll take a leisurely ride around Orange Mound and then get some brunch together.

Check back here for any weather cancellations. And please, wear a helmet!

 

Transforming Transportation

On Tuesday night, over forty people gathered to talk about the Netherlands Study Tour that I went on, in September. Seven from our group were able to attend the panel discussion. We shared what inspired us, what was the most different in the world of bicycling in the Netherlands, as compared to Memphis and what we hope to do now that we’re back home.

I was pleased to tell everybody about Revolutions’ work on our new Training Fleet of bicycles. Our Monday and Thursday overhaul nights are going well. And I am excited that by Spring we will have forty bikes ready to use when community groups want to take a ride.

Roshun Austin, Executive Director of The Works, South Memphis, also shared our plans to teach women to ride. Roshun and I were really inspired by a Ghanaian woman working in South Amsterdam. She found that many immigrant women weren’t learning to ride and that that was a barrier to them in Dutch society. We saw a lot of similarities between the immigrant woman and Memphians, both of whom might view a bicycle, for transportation, as a symbol of poverty, and therefore, something to avoid. We also heard about women who were told as children that riding a bike was not appropriate for girls.

When Roshun learned to ride, in August, just weeks before our Netherlands trip, she said that she had several girlfriends respond that they, too, would like to learn to ride. The Revolutions Training Fleet will make it possible for us to start teaching women and men how to ride, and then getting out in the community on those bikes, to go to places like brunch, or the grocery store! So, don’t forget! If you want to help us get these forty bikes ready to ride, join us Mondays and Thursdays, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

 

Party Pumper Uppers

In September, a small group of Revolutions folks rode as the “pace car” for the Cooper-Young 4-Miler race. We were told our title was the “Official Party Pumper Uppers.” We were supposed to get out in front of the runners and alert the folks along the route that the race was about to start.

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We did such a good job that our services have been requested, again. This time, we are headed to the South Memphis 5k, which benefits St. Andrew AME’s initiatives in South Memphis. These include the South Memphis Farmers Market,the Community Library and Circles of Success Learning Academy Charter School.

Would you like to ride with us and make some noise? Email Sylvia to be put on the list!

 

What’s Happening This Week,
Oct 25 — Nov 1

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–Retail and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30 p.m.           Overhaul Night (Experience Required!)

Thursday:

6:30-9:00 pm     Overhaul Night (All Experience Levels)

Saturday, Oct 31:
8:30 a.m.             A Bike to Brunch from Melrose High School

Sunday:
DAYLIGHT’S SAVINGS TIME
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–Retail and bike rentals!

Coming up, soon:

Saturday, Nov 7: Party Pumper Uppers for the South Memphis 5K

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