Getting More Memphians on Bicycles!
Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative
First Congregational Church UCC
1000 S. Cooper St. Memphis, TN, 38104
Hours for Retail, Service & Rentals
Workshop Hours for Members
(check the calendar for what our Members are up to):
Sundays 2:00-6:00 (Open Shop)
Who We Are
Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative opened its doors in the basement of First Congregational United Church of Christ at 1000 South Cooper St., in June of 2002 with a dangerously simple vision: we intended to save the world, one bicycle at a time. That summer we built a shop where people could rehabilitate and recycle bicycles, and we dedicated ourselves to providing all Memphians—particularly the working poor of Memphis—with bicycles that function well. We wanted to create a place where people could acquire the tools and knowledge required to keep bicycles rolling, but most importantly, we wanted to make a positive impact on our community one bicyclist at a time.
Years later, the jury is still out on whether we saved the world. But what we have done is recycled and rehabilitated thousands of bicycles. We help people of all ages build bicycles from scratch. We teach the mechanically un-inclined how to fix a flat tire. We provide hundreds of children with bicycles and the freedom that comes along with the open road. Many of our members fix up a bicycle because they need a way to get to work. Others just want a new bicycle that they built themselves, piece by piece. And still others refurbish bicycles that Revolutions can use out in the community with folks who might not, otherwise, consider themselves people who ride. We also have members who ride along with new riders. And we lead Senior Citizens through Overton Park on TriCycles. Regardless of why our members learn to work on and ride bicycles at Revolutions, one thing is certain: fixing up bicycles makes a difference in their lives, and riding those bicycles in Memphis makes our city a better place to live, work, and play.
We are accountants. We are scientists. We are students. We are teachers. We are mechanics. We are novices. We are church people, and we are agnostic. We are old and young and in between. Revolutions recognizes that a bicycle-friendly community is a community that is safer for all people. And this is why we promote riding a bicycle for transportation. We are more connected to our community, we are healthier and we decrease our carbon footprint. We teach our members how to repair their bicycles instead of repairing the bicycle for our members because an educated bicyclist is a bicyclist that can fix a flat and still make it to work on time. A bicyclist possessing the knowledge and tools needed to keep a bicycle running is an individual that has been empowered to be a part of an active community of people who ride bicycles. This is why Revolutions provides all people, regardless of financial circumstances, with the opportunity to build, repair and ride bicycles. Our mission is getting more Memphians on bicycles and our strength is our community.