Helping Atlanta’s Homeless Get Wheels
The mission of the Link is to provide cycling resources to Atlanta’s homeless community.
The vision of the Link is for every Atlantan, regardless of economic status, to have access to affordable transportation options.
- Self-empowerment through teaching and volunteering.
- Innovative solutions for community integration.
- Passionate advocacy for equitable access to transportation options.
The Link: History
Sopo Bicycle Cooperative boardmember and Link founder, Patrick Davis, came up with an idea to utilize the resources of Sopo to help those who need them most. Surviving as a car-free resident of Atlanta over the past 8 years, he had experienced first-hand the challenges of trying to navigate life in a car-dependent city with limited transit options. In November 2013, the Link was launched as a collaboration between Sopo and the Gateway Center for the Homeless to provide opportunities for Gateway residents to earn a bike and transform their lives with access to an affordable transportation option. To date, the Link has distributed almost 50 free bikes, provided shop time to over 70 Gateway residents, and facilitated close to 200 hours of volunteer service to the community.
Below are a few links to a few of the stories that have been written about the Link during the past year.
The Link was selected to participate in local alternative newspaper Creative Loafing’s <#DoGood> campaign in collaboration with Home Depot. A crowdfunding campaign was established to fund two projects: 1) installing 11 indoor bike racks at the Gateway Center and 2) building and fitting out a mobile bike repair trailer for Sopo to use at events.
Southern Bike League