The Holy City Bicycle Co-op will be hosting the 3rd annual Bike! Bike! Southeast! regional conference the weekend of March 25th-27th in Charleston, SC. Leaders from more than thirty other bike co-ops and collectives throughout the Southeast and beyond will be visiting Charleston to share their knowledge and experience and to witness how bicycles work in our community. “It’s an opportunity to learn from each other so we can be better citizens, better serve our communities, and develop a support network between cities,” explained Dan Kelley. “Anyone interested in knowing more about bicycles is welcome to attend.”
This conference is unique in that its workshops and seminars are proposed and facilitated by attendees. Currently topics will include general bike maintenance courses, repairs on the road, creating safe respectful spaces, tips for bike commuters, successful fund raising strategies, creating outreach programs, organizing a race, finding community partners, wheel-building, welding tall bikes, and grant writing. The first keynote speaker, Peter Wilborn of MyBikeLaw.com, will be presenting during orientation at Theatre99 at 10pm Friday.
In addition to the educational components, the Bike! Bike! Southeast! will include a Friday night social bike ride, a special bike polo half-time show at the next Lowcountry Highrollers’ bout, a screenprinting and sticker swapping session, and Saturday night dance party. Group meals prepared by Food Not Bombs will be provided during the conference, and any locals willing to host guests are encouraged to let us know online. “It’s great that this event’s coming to Charleston!” says Tom Bradford, Director of Charleston Moves.
Additional information on registering, hosting guests, and workshops is available on the website bikebikecharleston.com. A contribution of $20 to $30 is requested at check-in to cover costs, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Pre-registration on the website is preferred, but you may also register at check-in. For information on sponsorship/donation opportunities, please let us know by emailing email@example.com with the subject line “Sponsor BBSE.” Charleston Moves is a fiscal sponsor of the event making in-kind and monetary donations for the event eligible for a tax write-off.
Special thanks to our current sponsors who include MyBikeLaw.com, Charleston Moves, Cru Catering, Theatre99, Kudu Coffee, Andolini’s and The Hub.