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In Kind Donation List

July 17, 2009
Hi All,
 
One other item that we spoke about, was the need for tools, bikes and miscellaneous items.  That donations of these could help offset costs. Leland kindly updated the NBW “In kind donations” list from their website, specifying needs for Norristown.  I’ve attached that list.  In particular. the first four items on the list were added or modified from the original list for our project. Notice also that the list also contains what not to donate.
 
I recall that we would put the “call” out to the cycling community for this stuff after the fund drive was underway or completed.  And of course after we had a schedule or means for drop off.  So I believe that this comes next after the bike club list serve email goes out. But here it is for everyone’s reference. 
 
One possibility for collection:  If we advertise to the bike community the fundraiser of the “drinks along the SRT” for some Saturday, and let them know that this would be the first opportunity to drop off items, might this work if someone had a van to take the stuff the 1 mile at the end of the day?
 
Thanks again Leland!
Elaine

Draft List for the Norristown site

In-kind Donation Guidelines

Things we’d especially like for a new location include:

  • Lumber for building work benches
  • Containers for storing tools & parts. old file cabinets are great.
  • Tools,
  • Spare parts, brake shoes, cables, innertubes, tires, etc.
  • Grease and rags! Things get used up pretty quickly, and we always need more.
  • BMX (”trick”) style bikes. These are the most popular with our students.
  • Mountain bikes, road bikes, and cruisers of all sizes.
  • Wind trainers, rollers, etc.
  • Cycling clothes, lights, panniers, and other accessories.
  • Office supplies and snacks including: pens, pencils, stamps, copy paper, water, gift certificates to local food stores, and non-perishable foods like dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, etc. We can also always use volunteers and money!
  •  
    • Metric wrenches (esp 10 & 15 mm) & Allen keys,
    • Bicycle specific tools, repair stands, chain tools, BB tools, etc.
    • Small & med screwdrivers, straight & Phillips

Things we can’t use:

  • Things which are not actually bicycles: scooters, roller-skates, exercise bikes, wheelchairs, children’s toy tricycles, and so on.
  • Bicycles meant for very young children. Our youngest students are eight; most are in middle school. While we need lots of bikes with 20″ wheels, we can’t use smaller bikes.
  • Very low-end bicycles. If it came from a big box store and cost less than $100, it’s probably more work to maintain than it’s worth. Likewise, if it weighs 50 pounds and has steel wheels and isn’t vintage or otherwise seriously cool, not many people will want to put the effort into bringing it back to life.
  • Very badly damaged bicycles. If you bent, buckled, or broke the frame in an accident, or if you can’t see the frame for the rust, it’s not safe. Sometimes we can salvage parts from these. If you’re donating a bike for salvage, please alert the person accepting your donation
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We have a home!!

July 17, 2009

To All   (Norristown Bike Works committee and friends)

On Monday  7/16 Leland Mayne (Bike Works Board President) and I met with Bill Plichta ( Norristown Parks and Recreation  Director) at the 2 possible sites to house the program….We found a home!  Norristown Borough officials (police chief, mayor and council members, according to Bill ) are happily willing to allow NBW to use either area free of charge….one is about 800 sq ft, at the back of the Band shell,  with heat and water…….. the other space is the equivalent of a 6 car garage ( about 1300 sq ft) with no heat or water ……bathrooms are available  in a separate building……the 2 buildings are about 100 yards apart……Both are within the Elmwood Park area….Leland felt a group of 12 to 15 kids could work  out of the smaller space during the school year (when you need heat) and a larger program could be run out of the larger space in the summer…Leland took pictures……


Note we chose not to follow up on the make shift church “in a warehouse” location at the Break-a-way cafe ( Haws ave) location…for multiple good reasons …..


to get your bearings the Elmwood Park is one mile up Haws avenue from the SRT, so there is a low traffic route to get the kids to the trail from the NBT site….alternatively there is also a lengthy trail within a quarter mile of the Elmwood Park called the Norristown Farm Park trail….(which used to be a working farm to grow food for the 4000+ patients that were housed at the Norristown State “Mental” Hospital,  This property was originally owned by William Penn then transferred to Isaac Norris then to the State of Pa, a little history)


Next steps seem to be, not in order…..Leland etc  to set a target opening, a range of dates……secure the counselors, ..purchase tools , secure bikes , secure funding, communicate with  the public, communicate to the potential kids…open for business…celebrate hopefully in about 2 months

George


George E. Miller

NBW budget

July 2, 2009

I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get this out we’ve (mostly exec. director Andy Dyson) been busy getting ready for summer camp & end of fiscal year things.

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  Earn a Bike Expenses Equipment                
                   
  6/29/2009                
                   
  Andy Dyson, Executive Director                
  (215) 386-0316 / (215) 873-6695                
  andy@neighborhoodbikeworks.org                
                   
                   
  New name for Account Off site EaB class              
                   
Payroll Expenses:                  
  Salary: Instuctor  $           1,200.00              
  Salary: Program Coordinator  $              400.00              
  Payroll Taxes Expense & Processing  $              400.00              
  Benefits: Health insurance  $              300.00              
                   
                   
Other program expenses:                
  Shop-Tools  $           1,000.00              
  Program Supplies  $              400.00              
  Insurance: Liability  $              200.00              
  Purchases Parts & acces  $              200.00              
  Staff Development  $              200.00              
  Awards: Youth Assistants  $              150.00              
  Awards to youth  $              100.00              
  Graduation Party Expenses  $                60.00              
  Photocopying  $                50.00              
  Postage  $                50.00              
  Telephone: Cell  $                50.00              
  Background Checks  $                40.00              
                   
     $           4,800.00              
  Overhead 15%  $              720.00              
  TOTAL per class  $           5,520.00              
                   
                   
                   
                   
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  5/2/2009                
                   
  Andy Dyson, Executive Director                
  (215) 386-0316 / (215) 873-6695                
  andy@neighborhoodbikeworks.org                
                   
                   
                   
* All participants would need to have waivers signed by parents/guardians              
* NBW will supply all bikes and used parts–included in above costs.              
* NBW will supply new parts, helmets and locks at costs listed above              
* If host agency does not want NBW to provide helmets, each youth must still receive a helmet          
                   
                   
                   
Furniture etc that we need to acquire, through in-kind donations:              
* Lumber to make benches if benches or tables are not available                
* Work Benches                
* Shelving                
* Storage boxes, milk crates                
* Filing Cabinets or other secure lockable storage for tools and parts              
* Blackboard or dry erase board                
* Refrigerator for snacks                
* Fire Extinguishers                
                   
Earn a Bike usually needs:                 
* a dedicated space for storage where bikes (50-100% more than one bike per youth) and tools will be secure        
* Workspace in which it is OK to use grease and oil–NBW can provide cardboard mats or carpet if needed        
* Clean up facilities for students-utility sink is better than bathroom sinks              
* If possible, earn a Bike should be only thing going on in a room–bike class is too distracting for other youth        
* This is for 10-15 youth, we can handle more if there are volunteers/staff provided by host agency          
* NBW will occasionally need access to classroom space before and after class for set up          
* Ideally, there will be a playground or other traffic-free outdoor space for bike safety lessons very nearby        
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   

Other NBW outreach program could add to Chalk Art Show

July 2, 2009
Another NBW service that I forgot to mention last week are bike safety checks. We usually are asked to do these at block parties, etc. We invite people to bring their bikes & we go through a checklist looking for safety related problems with the bike. Many small repairs are done on the spot & all problems are explained. The owner is given a copy of our checklist with needed repairs listed. This would certainly be something to do at the proposed Sidewalk Chalk Art Show & could be done sooner & it costs us much less than starting earn-a-bike classes. ~$250-$300 for parts & one instructor for an afternoon. It also serves well for recruiting kids for the earn-a-bike classes.

—  Leland Mayne, LCI #831  President
                         Neighborhood Bike Works
215-386-0316 NBW         3916 Locust Walk
215-898-6580 work        Philadelphia, PA 19104
       leland@neighborhoodbikeworks.org
                         http://neighborhoodbikeworks.org

Permanent Space for Norristown NBW project update

June 26, 2009

 

This just in from George Miller   Bill Plichta  (Norristown Parks) and I spoke yesterday, 6/25 ..I gave him the idea of needing about 750 sq feet of permanent space for a Bike Works like project…he felt there would be space available either at the Police Athletic League building or possibly at what is called the ‘Band Shell’ in Elmwood park , a well known easy to find building near the PAL building…he will research the possibilities and get back to me Monday the 6/29th…if he scores with a location , I will meet with him and eyeball it myself.

George MIller

From Prez of Board of Neighborhood Bike Works

June 21, 2009

don’t know for sure but we have probably met at some time or
> >another, I know I’ve read some of your ride reports. I’m president
> >of the board of Neighborhood Bike Works (neighborhoodbikeworks.org).
> >The recent situation in Norristown has us thinking that we’d like to
> >establish a program there. We already have programs in several
> >Philadelphia locations and have recently opened a location in
> >Chester. Most of our existing program locations are partnerships
> >with other agencies. At present we don’t have the financial
> >resources to open a Norristown location on our own but if we could
> >find a partner or partners with space and some financing we could
> >run earn-a-bike classes. As you seem to taking the lead with this we
> >were wondering whether you had any ideas about possible partner
> >agencies or if you could keep us in mind in your contacts with
> >various Norristown agencies.
> >Please let me know if you need any more information.
> >
> >Thanks
> >–
> > Leland Mayne, LCI #831 President
> > Neighborhood Bike Works
> >215-386-0316 NBW 3916 Locust Walk
> >
> > http://neighborhoodbikeworks.org

Neighborhood Bike Works

June 21, 2009

Leland,
We are delighted to hear from you.  We had just begun a movement to do what you are suggesting or something similar, and we would be thrilled to avoid reinventing a wheel that you have so finely trued.  Please join our meeting on Tues. at 7:30 (you are welcome to come earlier) at my house,  in Wayne (directions attached) and help us make a great leap forward in our work.
This came out of the SRT incident and a speech that I heard reminding me of the need to do good work.  I thought that in addition to the preventive actions being taken, we should think about what we can do to break down the barriers that contribute to the hostility.  Others were quick to jump in, and of course your model was cited.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Best regards,
Barbara Rosenberg
 
>>
> Thank you for contacting me, right now, I am a bit upside down with
> the planning of what I am doing, but I intend to be wrapping up the
> bulk of my security project by the end of June. I have a group of
> folks who are interested in performing community outreach in this
> area, and while I do not think it will help us with some of the bad
> seeds, I also realize that not all of the seeds in the area are
> actually bad. I am willing to help, I had a thought about this one
> building on the SRT right in the area where the focus happens to
> be.. I am guessing you have ridden the trail and are aware of that
> section between Haws Ave and the Markley Street over pass, but there
> used to be a cafe there called the outbound cafe…
>
> MAYBE the guy who owns the property would be receptive to hosting
> such a venture.. God knows, something needs to be done to make the
> area desirable for people to WANT to hang out, not just hang out
> because they HAVE to…
>
> I will be carboning some of the folks who have been actively
> expressing an interest in making community outreach a reality.
>
> So allow me to introduce Barbara Rosenberg, Steven Trobovic, and Tom
> Madle… I will be willing to help personally, but not till I get
> the latest project off of the plate.. 😉
>
> Steve Scheetz

Breakaway Cafe’, Bikeworks, and various comments

June 21, 2009

Unfortunately I’ll be out of town next week so I won’t be able to attend the meeting, so I’ll put in my 2 cents here.  I would like to volunteer my time towards whatever program takes shape.

 Now my comments:

   Teaching the local youth to ride and getting them out on the trail is great, but one of the limits to the appeal of such a program is the availability of bikes.  

   I take it that the initial thrust will be to obtain donated bikes in working order from COS/SCU/BCP riders.  This is a good start but won’t sustain the program for long.

  Does anyone know if a Neighborhood Bike Works or similar program has been tried in Norristown?  It would seem to be a promising environment for an integrated program like NBW, which involves training in riding and mechanics, then allows kids to earn a bike by fixing it up and learning to ride safely (http://www.neighborhoodbikeworks.org/about/index.html).  Along with volunteer time, such a program would require some facilities for storing and working on bikes.  Someone at the Norristown meeting mentioned interest from the Norristown director of recreation.  Perhaps he can help?   Another (short term) option might be to see if the owner of the former “Breakaway Cafe” building (Bike Path Professional Building) is willing to lend it out while he looks for a tennant, as the building is empty now.

* I like the idea of getting the teens out for ride from COS, but that may not be appropriate for younger riders.  Have you thought about what to do with them?

 Thanks for volunteering to lead this!  Please let me know how I can help.

 Mike Lonetto

From the president of the board of Neighborhood Bike Works

June 19, 2009

I’m president  of the board of Neighborhood Bike Works (neighborhoodbikeworks.org).
> >The recent situation in Norristown has us thinking that we’d like to
> >establish a program there. We already have programs in several
> >Philadelphia locations and have recently opened a location in
> >Chester. Most of our existing program locations are partnerships
> >with other agencies. At present we don’t have the financial
> >resources to open a Norristown location on our own but if we could
> >find a partner or partners with space and some financing we could
> >run earn-a-bike classes. As you seem to taking the lead with this we
> >were wondering whether you had any ideas about possible partner
> >agencies or if you could keep us in mind in your contacts with
> >various Norristown agencies.
> >Please let me know if you need any more information.
> >
> >Thanks
> >–
> > Leland Mayne, LCI #831 President
> > Neighborhood Bike Works
>  NBW 3916 Locust Walk
> >> > http://neighborhoodbikeworks.org
>