Advocacy & Safety - bike coop structure, info
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12-10-06, 08:49 PM
i while ago i remember seeing a link to a large pdf file of all kinds of documents (tax, non profit forms, procedures) relating to starting and running a bike coop. i think the one documented was in california (berkeley bike kitchen perhaps). anyone know where this information might be, or something else similar.
12-11-06, 12:27 PM
I totally misread the word "coop" on this post. Thought you were talking about a chicken coop for bikes. Just remember to keep the foxes out huh?
12-12-06, 02:00 AM
You could get in touch with the nice people at this bike co-op (http://www.citybikes.coop/index.htm).
Don't forget the Rochdale Principles of Cooperation. They may not be the legal stuff you're looking for, but they're the bare bones of any cooperative endeavor, IMO.
Original version (1844)
• Open membership.
• Democratic control (one man, one vote).
• Distribution of surplus in proportion to trade.
• Payment of limited interest on capital.
• Political and religious neutrality.
• Cash trading (no credit extended).
• Promotion of education.
ICA revision (1966)
• Open, voluntary membership.
• Democratic governance.
• Limited return on equity.
• Surplus belongs to members.
• Education of members and public in cooperative principles.
• Cooperation between cooperatives.
ICA revision (1995)
• Voluntary and open membership
• Democratic member control
• Member economic participation
• Autonomy and independence
• Education, training, and information
• Cooperation among cooperatives
• Concern for community
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