You know it is spring when we start getting an increase in requests for Grease Rag Ride & Wrench to participate in events! I would like to present a few of these opportunities here, and see if anyone in the group has interest in volunteering. Please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have enough volunteer interest, I can answer these requests and start organizing the event.
"Learn to bike"
A woman contacted me and is interested in learning how to bike, with 3-4 of her friends. They do not have bicycles.
To make this event happen we would need a location to learn to ride, bikes, and 2-4 volunteers. I have ideas for locations. As for bikes, we have several community partners that would be candidates for providing bicycles for a few hours. These volunteers would not need to have any experience teaching people how to ride, because I have experience and would be very willing to help you teach! Ideally, "learn to ride" classes should be a series, but because we do not have that capacity (unless a community partner wants to create a series) this will be a 2-4 hour event.
Beeyond a Bike Workshop
May 25, Beeyond a Bike will teach a wheel-building class. Beeyond a Bike, a Canadian woman passionate about bicycles, social justice, women and outreach, is traveling on a mobile bike shop across North America, then the length of Africa offering inclusive bike mechanic education and workshops as she goes.
To make this event happen we need to partner with a space, sell tickets, purchase supplies, and the time of 2 or more volunteers.
If there is not enough interest in the workshop, Beeyond a Bike is interested in other ideas for the mobile bike shop, including a "Learn & Ride": 30-45 minutes learning how to do a quick tune up then bike as a group to a fun destination, etc.
"Spring Into Biking"
Saturday, June 1, 11-4p Freewheel, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the Midtown Greenway Coalition are planning a "Spring Into Biking" event similar to Freewheel's Winter Bike Expo, with the goal of getting warm weather cyclists excited about biking again. There will be safety, equipment, and cyclist's rights, etc. classes all day, in addition to live music, bike demos, fat bike course, activities for kids, info tables, etc.
How would we like to be involved? A bike tune-up station with our community partners, tabling, a demo, a group ride? They are open to suggestions.
Girl Scouts- Bike maintenance and handling
Sunday, June 2, 2-4p, at Brookview Park in Golden Valley, a Girl Scout troop of 33+ K-4th grade girls would like to have us teach them about how to use gears, bike sizing, safety, and some maintenance. This group includes 21, 7-8 year olds, and 12, 9-11 year olds, and there may be an additional troop of 5-7 year olds that join.
To make this event happen they have requested that we have 1 instructor: 3 participants, and volunteers would need to be able to come before 2 to set up and stay after 4 to clean up.
Corcoran GROWS- Local Economy Fair
Saturday, July 20, Corcoran GROWS, a local transition town initiative, is hosting a Local Economy Fair, which is going to include a variety of Do-It-Yourself workshops for neighbors. They would like Grease Rag to lead some kind of bike repair clinic in Corcoran Park.
To make this event happen we would need 2 volunteers. I can provide a script for giving a presentation and practice with volunteers if they don't feel confident presenting, but topics can be things like, "How to lube your chain," and, "How to clean your bike," or, "How to change a flat." I can provide tools and a bike stand if necessary. They are also open to having us do something else at the fair.