BikeSGV is in the process of opening the SGV's first Bicycle Education Center and Cooperative conveniently located just a few blocks from the Rio Hondo Bike Path behind the El Monte Airport. The cooperative will occupy two classrooms at the decommissioned Mulhall Elementary School, now the Jeff Seymour Family Center.
As all of our projects this is very much a grassroots effort and will depend on community support to get off the ground and flourish. We hope you will get involved in any way you can, whether it be donating a few dollars, volunteering your time, and/or passing forward any extra bike parts you might have collecting dust.
How YOU can help!
1) Make a financial donation towards our $10,000 goal! All donors will be recognized on the BikeSGV website, as well as be eligible for additional benefits listed below. Click here to donate by Paypal. If you would prefer to donate by check, please make it out to "Community Partners fbo BikeSGV" and write "BikeSGV Ed Center" in the memo section at bottom left. Checks should be mailed to Community Partners, 1000 N. Alameda St. #240, Los Angeles 90012.
2) Donate parts/tools/bikes - Clear out your garage/closet of any unneeded bikes, bike parts (e.g., wheels, frames, components), bike supplies, bike tools, and/or furniture (e.g., filing cabinets). Donors can receive a receipt for your taxes. Donations can be dropped off at the below listed locations. If needed, pickup may be possible depending on location and items.
4) Help us NAME the cooperative! A great community space needs a great name. Please email any suggestions to: bikeSGV@gmail.com
5) Spread the Word! Help us get the word out about our new space and program through your FB, instagram, twitter, and/or good old fashioned word-of-mouth... let others know and lets make this make this a Co-Op the entire SGV can enjoy!
California law considers people on bikes "drivers". Yet the operators of such vehicles are too often impeded from "filling the tank" by businesses that refuse their basic right to purchase food and/or drink via the convenient "drive-thru".
How has this form of systemic discrimination against people on bikes impacted our region? The list is long, and includes lost productivity when people on bikes are forced to unnecessarily lock their bikes or ride on an empty stomach, loss of sales revenue by local businesses, lower bike modal share due to the continued existence of unnecessary barriers to active transportation, as well as night hunger pangs.
The stories of local residents personally affected by this issue are even more compelling. Take the case of Jeff Lam, a 17 year old Temple City high school student who commutes by bike to school, had his bike stolen after being refused the right to use a drive-thru. "Bonking" on his ride home after a long day at school and frisbee practice, Jeff was refused service by a national chain that rhymes with Kurger Bing. Faced with two bad choices - ride on slowly and painfully or lock his bike in a high-risk area, he chose the latter only to find his bike stolen a scant 15 minutes later. For a student of modest means it was a major setback, and more importantly one that could have been easily prevented.
Ruby Rosenschnell of La Verne didn't have a choice. After working the night shift, her local fast food options only had open drive-thru service. But each refused to sell to anyone not in an automobile. "It's hard to believe that in the 21st century I have to be in a car to buy a milkshake at 2:30am. It's not right. And it just doesn't make sense."
With the number of people on bikes in the SGV exploding, and the number of incidents where people on bikes are deprived of their constitutional right to purchase food as quickly and efficiently as possible rising, the time has come to take on this injustice. No longer shall the lack of a bicycle lock or friend who can watch your bike impede your ability to purchase food on-the-go via the drive-thru.
BikeSGV is thus pleased to announce it has launched a campaign to advocate for first-in-the-nation legislation to provide people on bikes equal access to drive-thru lanes in California. You can support this effort by emailing your local legislator and urging them to sign on to this campaign. You can also help spread the word by sharing this link and/or pictures of bikes in drive-thru lanes with the hashtag #BikeThruCA.
Want to learn more? Check out ActiveSGV's new podcast, ActiveLab