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OUR MISSION...
…is to create equitable access to cycling by providing affordable bicycle maintenance, services and education.

OUR SHOP…
…provides a central forum for sharing equipment, materials, and expertise, and facilitates affordable, practical, hands-on support for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

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SoPo’s Annual Fundraising Campaign

2014 is rolling on and SoPo needs your help!

Over the past year, nearly 130 dedicated volunteers have helped over 6,500 shop visitors learn to maintain their bicycles. We collaborated with community partners such as the International Rescue Committee, Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Catholic Charities, and given away over 150 bicycles.

Our plans for 2014 include a new earn-a-bike partnership with the Gateway Center for the Homeless, hiring an executive director and volunteer coordinator to help solidify SoPo’s organizational structure, and expanding our existing programs and open shop hours to get more bikes to more people.

With these goals in mind, SoPo is launching our first ever Annual Fundraising Campaign. We  know you are a friend of SoPo and you appreciate what we do. As you take time to think about giving this year, we ask that you please consider showing your support by donating to SoPo. Any amount you can spare will go a long way in helping SoPo expand its reach and improve its operations.

If you are interested in donating, click on the Givlet link:


Checks may be mailed to: SoPo Bicycle Cooperative, 1270 Caroline St NE, Ste D120-392, Atlanta, GA 30307

WeCycle Atlanta Bike Shop

Big congrats to our friends WeCycle Atlanta on their new shop space. We are looking forward to visiting and checking it out. If you don’t know about WeCycle…

WeCycle Atlanta is a co-op bike shop that is committed to making access to a bicycle and bicycle maintenance affordable. We also seek to revitalize the West Atlanta by exhibiting health, environment, and economic intelligence through our programming,

You can also find out more through their Facebook page for details on their shop opening and new ‘Bike The Power’ shirts.

The Link with The Gateway Center and SoPo

Another round of our program The Link with The Gateway Center has started up again. The awesome Gateway residents are taking a bike class before Saturday open hours and then volunteering throughout the day. It’s a great program for both organizations and we are glad to continue it.

Thank you to Stone Soup Kitchen for donating coffee to our program.

Charles

Maurico

The Changing Weather

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It was overcast, then rain, then the sun came out. The cyclocross races at Jim Miller Park in Marietta had a little bit of everything. Slippery mud, wet grass, muddy run ups, heat, and a nice downhill. While the early races were fast, the middle races were bogged down by mud, and finally as the mud was drying, faster lap times came out.

We had a great cheering section out for the races as SoPo earned some top 10 finishes. The weather couldn’t dampen our spirits.

The race also got a visit from our friends at Bici Coop in Birmingham. Always great to see them out and may our paths cross again. (See the pun in there, paths cross again like in cross races, get it)

If you’d like to try out cyclocross, we have loaner cyclocross bikes available.

And be sure to plan on coming out on Sunday, October 26th to see the Georgia Cyclocross Series visit Grant Park.

Thanks to GA CX , the race promoters, racers, fans, and volunteers who made this event happen.

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Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and SoPo Alliance Listening Session – Monday, October 13, 6:30pm

Join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Sopo Bicycle Coop for a listening session regarding the proposed alliance between the two organizations. The event is open to the public and we urge anyone who has an interest in the future of either organization to attend.

Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, 14 Marietta Street, Room 750, Atlanta, GA, US

Please RSVP via Facebook or Eventbrite so we know how much pizza to order.

SoPo is leading a ride from the shop to the listening session. Meet at 545 at SoPo, roll at 6.

DFL >DNF

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Thanks Rhys May Jewelry!

Fast Times

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This past weekend the Georgia Cyclocross Series was in Douglasville at Boundary Waters Park. It’s the first of 2 visits to Boundary Waters and the races were run on the traditional course. It was a fast race.
SoPo, our friends at ATLX, and other SoPo-nistas were out to have fun, encourage, heckle, help, race, and have fun. Yep, we all had twice as much fun.
Part of the fun was seeing bacon hand-ups. If a racer can smile while grabbing bacon midrace, it’s got to be super fun.
Hope everyone who’s reading this will get a chance to come out and see a cyclocross race.
Thanks to GA CX, the race promoters, racers, fans, and volunteers for such a great event.

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Thank You to The Bicycle Wheel

A big thank you goes out to The Bicycle Wheel in Johns Ferry. They recently donated 33 bikes, a unicycle, and other bike stuffs. 33 Bikes!

This awesome donation will go a long way to helping out folks. Bikes are in the shop. Some bikes are headed to Beltline Bikes in Adair Park. Lots of bike love being spread around Atlanta.

We can’t say thanks enough. And remember, donations to SoPo are tax deductible, we are a 501c3 non-profit.

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