Thursday, January 26, 2012

BCC asks VBC for CCC-like help

Eric Giacchino from Bike Clark County has a vision. He'd like the Bike Smart/Bike Safe program in Vancouver, Washington to enjoy the same sort of success the Community Cycling Center has experienced in Portland, Oregon. To that end, he is on a quest for a 1000-2000 square foot, heated and securable work space.

The existing bicycle training fleet could be stored and maintained there for the school programs. Donated bicycles from the Waste Connections recycle program and the Police and Sheriff's seized bicycles could be repaired there and given back out to the community.

Eric says he can easily collect the needed work stands and tools. Trained volunteer mechanics would supervise other volunteers who might like to help or learn how to work on bikes. He's working on several grants that would provide more stands, tools, work benches, parts, shelves etc.

A donated space or one with discounted rent would be ideal. An empty military building on the Fort Vancouver Barracks or an empty commercial building on Fourth Plain would be very cool, but almost any place big enough will work for now.

So, please, put on your thinking caps! You can contact Eric at giacchino1831@comcast.net.

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