February 5, 2007 – On January 26, Sopo Bicycle Cooperative organizer Scott Ehardt raced from his first bicycle rack installation at Gear Revival to the monthly bicycle ride called Critical Mass, where he joined 300 other bicycle enthusiasts for a brisk ride. Ehardt and fellow Sopo volunteer, Amy Plasman, recently developed a bicycle rack installation project, and upon implementation, have found it to be a success.
Rack installations at Manuel's Tavern, Videodrome, and Eats were completed last week. Buddy's on North Highland agreed to incorporate a Sopo rack into its February remodeling plans, and Charis Books in Little Five Points is due to receive a rack this month, too. On the "to ask" list are shops at the Edgewood Avenue/Boulevard intersection and shops along Carrol Street in Cabbagetown.
Ehardt and Plasman purchased wave-shaped bicycle racks, and are approaching other local businesses. They are asking each business that agrees to participate to reimburse them for the cost of the rack, and to make an additional cash donation to Sopo Bicycle Cooperative. Ehardt and Plasman are also taking responsibility for rack installation. The response to this plan has been overwhelmingly positive. Plasman reports that "everyone loves bicycles."
The rack purchases are out of pocket for Ehardt and Plasman, and Sopo is an all volunteer operation. If you would like to support the rack project or Sopo's general operations, you can make tax deductible cash and in kind contributions by contacting Rachael Spiewak or by visiting the shop. Sopo operates on people power, and new volunteers are always welcome!
Sopo Bicycle Cooperative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit bicycle workshop. Sopo's mission is to create equitable access to bicycling by providing low-cost bicycle maintenance services and education. The shop is located in the East Atlanta Village at 465-C Flat Shoals Avenue, which is situated behind the main strip of shops. Operating hours are Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 pm until 10 pm and Saturday afternoons from 2 pm until 5 pm.