Jul 02

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative to Close August 31

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) has helped more than 2,000 cyclists since September 2009 at our current location.   Now it is time to give back.  We must move out by August 31, 2012 and need your assistance to move.  The best way to help out is come down during the regular hours of the BBC North and see what you can do.  We need both bike mechanic and office workers.  If you can cut spokes or scan documents we need you.

CAT will hold another Block Party July 28th at the BBC with music, rides, prizes and other incentives to visit your favorite bike cooperative.  If you can prepare food or beverage for the event please let us know.

We hope to have the BBC West up and running by the end of August  so there should be continuity of the support services for cyclists the BBC has provided for the last 15 years.  It will be necessary to travel to 1935 West Broad Street in Bethlehem for bicycle education classes, use of the educational bike shop and other support services for those using a bicycle for transportation.

CAR-FREE.ORG Administrative Offices

We have successfully moved the CAR-FREE.ORG administrative functions to the Forté Building thanks to excellent lease terms from owner Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. In addition to tripling the space we had for office duties at 14 West Raspberry Street , we now have access to a computer laboratory, a classroom, a community room and a board room. CAT held it’s first leadership meeting May 21 at the new digs (1337 East Fifth Street in South Bethlehem) when members of our Board met CACLV Executive Director, Alan Jennings.  CAT Leadership meetings are scheduled for every 3rd Monday at 6:30PM.

People & Stuff We Need

We need volunteers:

To cut the spokes on wheels to be recycled (necessary to separate aluminum from steel)

To scan historical CAR-FREE documents so we don’t move file cabinets full of old paper.

To finish sheetrocking the ceiling of the first floor at 14 W. Raspberry before we move. We have the screws, sheetrock and tape. We need people to put it up.

To make phone calls or knock on doors to ask CAT members and the public for donations.

Volunteers can just drop in during regular BBC North hours, Thursdays 5-9PM and Saturdays 8AM to 4PM. Or if you want to work some other time please call or email the CAR-FREE.ORG office: 610 954 5744 or cat@car-free.org.

Things we need:

a hand scanner

hard wired land line telephones for the new office

dehumidifier for BBC West

truck with or without driver to move stuff

Stuff We Have Give Away

File cabinets

Bike frames and some accessories

Emergency Moving Fund

Unfortunately we will face additional costs over the next several months to move. Our total rent will probably increase as will our utility costs. So please consider renewing your CAR-FREE CAT membership and/or your BBC Membership today If, in addition, you could make a donation to the Emergency Moving Fund it would help a lot. Use any credit card through our home page or mail a check to CAT at 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

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