We’re trying to send one of our own down to this year’s Bike!Bike! in Mexico. Help us raise funds to represent the Alexandria, VA area! Come by our potluck on 9/24/2015 to help raise money or just donate below.
Keep reading to learn more about what Bike!Bike! is and why we would want to go. More information about exactly who is putting this on can be found at bikecollectives.org/.
What is Bike!Bike!?
Bike!Bike! is an international annual gathering organized by and for community bicycle projects. The conference is a space for participants from shops and related advocacy groups to converge in a different city each year over a 4 day period to have workshops and strengthen our social network.
What is a community bicycle project?
Bike!Bike! 2015: An international reunion meant to be a swap-meet for experiences and ideas about community bike projects. From collectives that use the bicycle as an excuse to change society, economy and the environment. Non-profit groups that have a community bike shops, cooperatives and other projects that promote the use of the bicycle and that come together to turn their communities into a place where riding is easier, more inclusive, safer and more fun. The list below uses the criteria found in the old Bicycle Organization Organization Project for what constitutes a community bike shop. The bike project need not meet all these criteria. Rather, it is a general list of qualities which are common among many bicycle projects.
- Bike shops that are accessible to people without money
- Organizations that recycle bicycles and parts
- Shops that have an educational focus, teaching others how to fix bikes
- Shops that are volunteer run
- Organizations that ship bikes to communities in other countries.
- Shops that provide free or low-cost services to the community.
- Non-profit bicycle organizations
Who is invited?
You don’t have to be an expert or belong to a huge group, you just need to be willing to share what you know about organization, mechanics, social impact, inequality alternatives, better access to bicycles or knowledge and social issues in your community or city.
What types of workshops will there be?
Workshops are organized and run by attendees, they can be about anything that might concern community bicycle projects and can be in any format including presentations, hands-on workshops, discussion groups, and bicycle rides. If you would like to host you own workshop you can enter details after registering. What ends up in the final schedule and when they happen are decided on by the conference hosts.
Where can I stay? What can I eat? How can I get around?
Traditionally conference hosts arrange shared accommodations, one to two meals a day, and bicycles will be available for registered attendees however you should check the conference details on the current conference. More information on how you can arrange your own accommodation and other recommended places to visit should also be provided to you by the hosts on the conference page or in hard copy upon arrival.
Can I volunteer?