Meet the makers! This is part of our series of posts introducing you to some of our spectacular members. But instead of a single member, we’re spotlighting a group: meet the Bike Club.
For several years Laurence managed a free bike clinic in Ithaca called the Friends Bike Clinic. For two hours a week volunteer mechanics showed people how to fix their bikes for free. This fall Laurence decided to lay down the bike clinic and donate the tools and parts to both New Roots and the Ithaca Generator, establishing the “Ithaca Generator Bike Club”, an informal group of Generator members that uses the tools to fix their own bikes and support community bike projects.
The first project is in collaboration with “Ithaca Welcomes Refugees” to repair bicycles for refugees to use. So far, thirteen bikes have been donated for repair, and three have been completely restored. Several Bike Club members are new to Generator, so welcome them when you see them!
Though this week happened to be guy-dominated, women and girls are absolutely encouraged to join. To support a gender-diverse Bike Club at IG, Laurence is offering a set of workshops–Bike Repair for Women and Girls–spanning six Saturdays starting January 14 at 5pm.
Interested in joining Bike Club? Feel free to stop in during the Bike Club’s open shop times on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Interested in signing up for the workshops, or have questions? Reach out to Laurence at email@example.com.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Bike Club wouldn’t exist without the generosity of our IG landlord, John Guttridge, who has donated temporary space for the Bike Club to operate, donated tools from the Friends Bike Clinic, a project of the Earthcare Committee of the Ithaca Monthly Meeting (Quakers), and of course, Laurence’s leadership.