This past weekend Sophie and Brian took a trip to Alexandria, BA for Bike!Bike! Southeast a “conference” of community bike projects. Bike!Bike! serves as a way for a wide variety of groups that use bikes to make a social impact to engage with one another, learn, and share. This was Commonwheels’ second time going to Bike!Bike! as, our former Program Manager, Chelsea traveled to Richmond, VA last year. Additionally, one of our volunteers Allister surprised us there as well wearing two hats, Commonwheels and Bike House, DC.
Although this is labelled the Southeast Regional Bike!Bike!, we had participants from all over including Baton Rouge, LA and St. Paul, MN, (and us! making the trip down from the Northeast!). Throughout the weekend we participated in workshops on various topics such as youth programming, bridging language barriers, and strategic planning.
The weekend wasn’t all meetings, we also had plenty of riding! Our hosts Velocity Bike Co-op were kind enough to lend all the out of town attendees. We had rides around the neighborhood to visit Velocity’s shop and warehouse locations and into DC to see the sights, visit another community bike shop Gearin’ Up Bicycles and join up with the Women/Trans/Femme Alleycat Rolling Resistance which was taking place (Sophie participated and won a backpack!).
We’re both excited to bring back what we learned to make Commonwheels even better! Big thanks to all those who came to the conference and shared their knowledge, experience and passion with us, especially Watch City Bike Lab from just down the street in Waltham!