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My Bike Goals For My Community

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Here are some of my more ambitious goals that I would like to accomplish, when I get time:

• Start A Bike Tool Sharing Service – The idea would be to set up a system where folks can borrow and trade bike tools throughout the community. Folks will no longer need to spend a lot of money for that one tool that they may only use once or twice.

• Learn and Teach Bike Repair – Either it’s my inclination to tinker or my need for self-reliance, I would love to have the confidence and knowledge to make complete bike repairs. I’m good with the basic maintenance, but most drivetrain repairs – bottom brackets, hubs, cogs, cassettes, derailleurs, wheel builds, etc. – are a bit out of my league. There is a bike school in Oregon that I keep seeing ads for and I’m really tempted. If it was local, I would already be enrolled. Of course, I would love to pass on that knowledge to others.

• Learn to Teach Bike Training, Safety and Education – This might be the most obtainable goal for me. I would love to get certified to teach proper riding techniques and road safety so that I can start teaching the kids in my community how to ride properly. I can’t tell you how many times I see kids riding recklessly in my neighborhood – putting themselves in danger. I’m not sure why the local school system doesn’t offer this in the regular curriculum, but it’s something every kid needs to know.

• Start A Bike Local Co-Op – The combination of all my goals can be achieved through this. I would love to start a community-run organization, where volunteers and donations would come together to bring bikes, bike repair, bike and tool sharing, bike training and safety education to anybody who wants to ride a bike.

I’m sure there are other, more significant goals that I haven’t listed here. For now, these are the ones that I feel are important to me.

Written by dickdavid

June 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

Querencia Community Bike Shop

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I live in Dallas, but it took Urban Velo, a Pittsburgh based publication, to point out one of the coolest bike shop concepts that happens to be right in my own back yard. Querencia Community Bike Shop is an all-volunteer, non-profit bike shop that is located in Denton, a few miles north of Dallas. They offer space, tools, parts and knowledge for anybody who wants to come build, repair or maintain their bicycle.

Photo from Querencia. Please Visit Their Site

Photo from Querencia. Please Visit Their Site

They also have a “Green Bike” program where they take abandoned or donated bikes, fix them up, then lend them out to the Denton community as an alternative way to get around town. It’s free to use the green bikes, but they must never be locked up, taken inside or removed from Denton. Pretty amazing concept.

Here’s a little video that helps explain who they are:

Although bicycle co-ops aren’t a new concept to the the cycle world, it is to North Texas. My only hope is that more of these would open up throughout the state – especially closer to me – so that more people become more bike-aware in their neighborhoods and communities.

Written by dickdavid

August 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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