FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BIKE VOLUNTEERS AND CYCLING ENTHUSIASTS TO CONVERGE AT NORTHEAST
REGIONAL “BIKE! BIKE!” GATHERING IN TROY, NY ON SEPTEMBER 29.
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.troybikerescue.org CONTACT: 518-573-7947
NY - On September 29, 2012 representatives from community bike projects
across the Northeast US and Canada will be gathering in North Troy for
an event called “Bike! Bike! Northeast.” Activities will take place at
both Troy Bike Rescue (3280 6th Avenue) and The Sanctuary for
Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue).
Bike! Northeast will be a full day of workshops, skillshares,
discussions, and networking complete with an afternoon bike ride and an
evening of world-class music from San Fransisco’s Rupa and the April
Conference sessions will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to
the DIY biking community, from ‘trash-hacking’, welding, and making
recycled jewelry to diagnosing your bike’s mechanical problems by ear,
starting your own bicycle delivery co-op, and maintaining a consensus
9am-10am - Registration
10am-12pm - Workshop Sessions
12pm-1pm - Community Lunch
1pm-5pm - Workshop Sessions
5pm-6pm - Bike Ride
6:30 pm - Sanctuary Community Potluck
8pm - Rupa & The April Fishes play live
attendance at Bike Bike! Northeast will be local ‘bike people,’ many of
whom congregate and organize around Troy Bike Rescue as well as their
colleagues from similar collectives in other cities such as Burlington,
Ithaca, Toronto, Cortland, Worcester, Boston, and others. The
conference is not necessarily intending to attract local recreational or
competitive cyclists, though they are welcome. The activities will
more likely appeal to those who ride as a form of resistance to ‘car
culture’, and understand bicycling as a lifestyle.
bike projects aim to build ‘bike culture’ and community through
hands-on education. They collect and recycle old unwanted bicycles and
make them available to patrons at low or no cost. The ultimate goal is
to get more people riding bicycles for transportation. Many of these
projects started off, like Troy Bike Rescue, as small back-yard projects
in the late 90s or early 2000s and now operate spaces that serve as
self-service non-profit shops, and urban classrooms for all things
Northeast is a regional off-shoot of the (Inter)National Bike!Bike!
Conference that happens annually - most recently in Vancouver BC in June
Every year it is organized by a different collective. The first Bike!
Bike! was held in New Orleans in 2004, and was attended by about 30
organizers of non-profit/anti-capitalist bike shops around the country.
Now, it is an international gathering of around 300 people that has
taken place in many cities such as Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Minneapolis,
San Fransisco, and Toronto.