This awesome bike will be auctioned off. It’s one of the cooler bikes to build and it is soooooo comfortable. It’s looking for a new home. Come out and support the Plywood People.
We have a great partnership with BOND Credit Union in Little 5 Points and we have something special coming up for Charity Bikes and the Children’s Miracle Network.
These are photos of the BOND newsletter from January 2012. SoPo is featured in the Local Cooperative in Action section. Both BOND and SoPo are cooperatives. It was pretty amazing to learn about BOND. A little bit of funny irony in that SoPo is next is next to an auto loan ad.
Part 2 of our November Charity Bikes donation is to Indian Creek Elementary. The program by Mr. Adam will use the bikes to get kids riding. And this is a great opportunity. The school has about 1000 kids. 90% of the students walk to school because they live within 1 mile of the school. Thanks to Mr. Adam for partnering with SoPo to get more kids on bikes.
If there was ever a need for a road diet, it would be North Indian Creek Drive. This would be a great area to implement a Safe Routes to School program. North Indian Creek Drive between Church St and Memorial Dr is home to Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston HS, Indian Creek Elementary, Atlanta School for the Deaf, the Clarkston Public Library, and the Clarkston Community Center. Mr. Adam told me it was a sight to see when the kids from the area schools get out for classes. Added safety will be great for all. Even 1 accident is too many.
There is a lot of potential for bikes. Grant it, Friday was a cold day and there was one bike on the rack.
Cool fact about Indian Creek Elementary, the school hosts kids from 40 countries representing 50 different languages.
Recently the International Rescue Committee was a SoPo Charity Bikes partner. SoPo received a write-up on the IRC site. SoPo is glad to partner with the IRC to get more bikes on the road. Read the whole post here.
SoPo Bicycle Collective Provides IRC Clients with Bicycles
One of the many challenges for refugee clients once they are resettled in the U.S. is finding means of transportation. In response to the need for alternative transportation opportunities for refugees, the SoPo Bicycle Collective recently donated nine bicycles to IRC clients.
Photo by: Sutton Freedman
Charity Bikes continues to give and get more bikes on the road. This set of 4 bikes are already on the street, happily ridden by their new owners. Checking out the bike models there was the Zip Drive, Mojave Gulch, Alpine, and Stalker. This is only part one of our November Charity Bikes donations. Look for more donations this month.
SoPo joined in with Renfroe Middle School, City of Decatur, and Bicycle South to help out with the Renfroe ride to Stone Mountain. Thanks to Ms. P and Ms B for letting SoPo contribute to the ride. First reports of the ride were great, everyone had fun, and the group was safely escorted by Officer Clark, bike policeman from Agnes Scott. It is an incredible event to ride out to Stone Mountain with 30 teens and for most, the 20 mile round trip, was their longest ride, so far.
Read on for more pictures…
Charity Bikes October donation part 2.
During the Decatur Bike Derby I ran into Greg White of Decatur Active Living. He told me that DAL was looking for some kids bikes with size 20 inch wheels. SoPo was at the right place because we had the bikes available. The bikes will be used to teach 4th graders how to ride. Its great to see a new partnership between SoPo and Decatur Active Living to get new riders riding, confidently, and safely.
Note: I always wanted to deliver the bikes for SoPo’s Charity Bikes program by bike trailer; it sets a good example, its green, etc. Unfortunately, the picture was just a picture. The trailer was not made to carry this type of cargo.
So if there is someone or a team that has a bike cargo trailer available to be donated for SoPo, let us know. Or if someone was willing to build one for SoPo, that would be a Super SoPo High Five!
After the success of our September Charity Bikes donation to the International Rescue Committee, there was a request for a couple of kids bikes. SoPo was very happy to partner with the IRC again to get more kids on bikes. Thanks to all involved to fix the kids bikes, transport them, and get them to the kids for their first rides.