Bike Kitchen?
May 24, 2012, 8:55 AM
Filed under: Biking, Community Building, Creating Community, Uncategorized | Tags:

I love that Johnson City has so many developing groups that are working towards many of the very things that this blog is about. (Remember my recent post about ‘My Blue Plum is Green’? ) TODAY is a fund raiser to start a bike kitchen in our ‘Little City’. What’s that you say? Simply put, bike kitchens are volunteer-run locations that will fix bikes.  The current storage facility is located at 109 Walnut St. Basic services for cyclists will be offered there such as education, a sliding scale donation (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds), and a fully equipped facility for bike building and maintenance with a volunteer staff of bike mechanics. A quick internet search turned up bike kitchens all over the country and now our own ‘Little City’ is working towards one too! If this effort  isn’t what this blog is all about, I don’t know what is!

The Little City Bike Collective was established earlier this year to encourage the use of a fun, healthy, and sustainable means of transportation as well as making an effort to keep riders safe and bikes road ready.  The intent is to meet a growing demand for this mode of transportation and recreation with open arms.  No Bike, No Problem!  LCBC will be providing a variety of bike frames and parts which have been generously donated by all aspects of the community so if you don’t have a bike don’t fret, just build your own.  Through the process of recycling old or unused bikes they are not only helping those in need but will be supplying a demand for inexpensive transportation, the reduction of waste, and the promotion of bike safety.  The bike kitchen will offer tools and a staff of knowledgeable bike mechanics and enthusiasts to assist cyclists.  I read recently that the JC Transit Authority’s (read: bus line)  newest fixed route buses have bicycle racks on the front of the bus, onto which you may load your bicycle. So, if you have another mile to go when you get off the bus, you’d have your bike right there with you to ride that mile! With gas prices still hovering in the unaffordable range, riding our bikes to run errands, to work or school makes good sense cents, and the ride itself will give you extra time that you won’t have to spend in the gym later. A friend in Ohio wrote this on her Facebook page back in March:
I’m getting a bicycle. $4/gal?! Are you kidding me? Minimum wage is $7.50? I refuse to participate in the profiteering of the oil companies and the continual raping of those people who work and are broke and starving. Sick bastards have lost their minds.”

She’ll no doubt need a bike kitchen at some point! Support yours, OK?

Today’s fun(d) raiser will kick off with a  healing arts class from 3-4:30 PM followed by live music on 3 main stages, a silent auction and an Education Resource Center (Expo Village): showcasing your local non-profit organizations and who’s who in the development of Johnson City. There will be door prizes of pizzas, locally made  jewelry, wearable art and much more…

$20 Donation requested at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds! All donations are tax-deductible through Friends of Old Downtowne.

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