The wait is over. The building at 216 S. Center St. in Adrian is the new home of Re-Bicycle Lenawee — a program intended to get unused and unwanted bicycles into the hands of those who need them for regular transportation — and the Adrian Bicycle Co-op (ABCo-op) — a community shop space for building and maintaining bicycles.
The building’s interior (measuring roughly 2300 square feet) is nicely divided. In addition to a large garage space that will be ideal for moving bikes in and out and for bike storage, the building has a great shop space, a multipurpose community meeting space, an enclosed office, bathroom facilities, and additional storage in the back.
The building is in pretty good shape overall, though there’s plenty of sprucing up to do. It is definitely well-suited to the Re-Bicycle program and co-op, but there’s potential for a lot more also.
The building and the space around it need some color.
This is the sort of thing that can revitalize an entire neighborhood. Remember what that group down in Texas did?
I can hardly wait to see what will come of this.
Work gets underway in earnest on or around August 1. Look for the doors to open and a kick-off celebration in early September. Jim has gotten a bike drive and an on-site work day on the schedule for the local United Way Day of Action (September 10, 2010).
The building is being offered to us rent-free for an initial six-month trial period. But we need to raise some funds to cover the costs of utilities and setup. In addition to cash donations (no amount is too small), we need bikes, parts, supplies (e.g., degreasers, lubes, cables and housing, small hardware items, etc.), tools, benches, truing stands, work stands, shop cloths, fans, tables and chairs, paint, lumber, shelving, parts bins, bike hooks, a bike rack or two, peg board accessories, light bulbs — you name it. If you have anything to offer, please let us know. More than anything, we need able bodies.
Stay tuned to the newly added Re-Bicycle Lenawee program page on this blog for updates and information on how you can get involved.