Workshops

Do you have an exciting skill to share with us? Want to chat about creating safe community spaces? Want to make sure we fit a good bike ride into the weekend? Propose a workshop! Don’t worry if you’re not an expert, we want to hear about everyone’s experience within the many configurations of community shops we’re coming from.

  • Automating community bike shop information flow with a freeware system

    6 people are interested in this workshop

    A demonstration of a virtually free hosted web platform for entering, tracking, and reporting your shop's major transactions related to bikes, people, and money. Enter bikes into inventory, print sales tags, email donation/sales receipts, track visitor hours and credits, track expenses and sales, publish your bikes to a searchable catalog on your website, collect email addresses, and more. An account for using this system is available at no cost to non-profit community bike shops, however donations from financially sustainable shops are welcome to help offset operational and development costs.

    This workshop is a demo of a custom system used by a few shops in Delaware and New Jersey. The workshop might be more useful and complete if others wanted to join to share what tools they use for shop management.

  • Back to School: challenges and opportunities for college town community bike shops

    5 people are interested in this workshop

    Would love to partner with a couple of other college town community shop leaders to shape some content for, and present, Part 1. Particularly any shop leaders who have managed to obtain subsidized or gratis shop space on a university campus or other significant funding from a university.

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    University towns are excellent environments for community bike shops. Not only is cycling an efficient mode of campus transportation, but universities are hubs of education, social equity, and environmental activism. Hear dozens of ways in which other established shops in college towns have partnered with universities, ranging from abandoned bike recycling, to mechanical engineering design projects, to advocating bike safety and security. Share your experiences, learn from others, and bring home successful models you can reference in proposals to your local community, or to inform starting a new community shop in a college town.

    Part I: Presentation of ideas and solutions specific to college town communities, including ways to formally and informally collaborate with administration, students, faculty, and parents in the areas of safety and security, bike recycling, academic collaborations, campus & transportation planning, community relations, and more.

    Part II: Discussion among all participants, including further ideas and Q&A amongst each other.

  • Fundamentals of Self-Supported Touring

    8 people are interested in this workshop

    Interested in bike touring?

    A discussion of gear and travel methods--with a focus on cycling in Europe--based on experience from 14 cycle tours through 34 countries.

  • National Survey of Community Bike Shops

    5 people are interested in this workshop

    Hi! I am new to the Bike!Bike! conference. This last fall I did an on line survey of community bike shops in the US and would like to share the results with folks at this conference - many who may have participated in the study. And also get feedback of the results.

  • Using open-source hardware and software with bikes to advocate for safer streets

    2 people are interested in this workshop

    We describe a bike outfitted with two ultrasonic ranging sensors, two cameras, a GPS, a real-time clock, and an inertial measurement unit containing an accelerometer and gyro. Together, this array of open-source sensors has allowed us to determine when and where motorists adhere to the “3 foot law” in several key roadways the US city of Atlanta, GA. In addition to overtake distance, the system permits the cyclist to determine their absolute speed, their absolute position and time, the relative speed of overtaking cars, road surface roughness, and incline. We propose dimensionless number that serves to rank the safety of bike lanes (and other infrastructure) across the region of study relative to an abstract “perfect” reference bike lane. Both the bike and instrumentation were developed at open-access and DIY organizations in Atlanta such as the Sopo Bicycle Cooperative. We hope this presentation will provide insight to others wishing to integrate open-source electronics with bicycles.

  • WTF: The Importance of Representation and Self-Supported Spaces

    This workshop will be led by WTF+ identifying cyclists, advocates, and mechanics and will discuss important themes surrounding the inclusion and support of bicycle-oriented spaces and events by and for women, trans, femme, non-binary, gender non-conforming folks.

    Part 1: Panel discussion

    Part 2: Hands-on mechanic demonstration

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