Plan B…

There are many good project in the world that is focusing on biking…We would like to highlight one of the projects…

Plan B: The New Orleans Community Bike Project

The New Orleans Community Bike Project exists to promote the use of bicycles and other human-powered transportation; to assist all bicyclists in learning to maintain their vehicles; to provide a space for sharing community resources and fostering community education; and to promote the reuse of materials that might otherwise be thrown away.

Plan B is a community-run bike project that functions as an open workspace for bicycle building and repair. The workspace makes an array of professional bike tools available for use to the public for free while volunteers offer free help and instruction in bike repair. The bike project makes donated parts available at low cost. Additionally, complete used bikes are also available at reasonable, fair-market prices. All of the proceeds from sales are used to keep the project running and allow us to offer free stand time, tool library use, and bike education programs to the general public.

There are plenty of reasons to ride bikes, particularly as a primary form of transportation: affordability, low emissions, reduced urban congestion. We believe having access to information and the equipment necessary for maintaining one’s own vehicle should be available in a community space. We are also strong believers in community-based education and the idea that people learn things from others in a variety of settings. We feel that operating a space where people can share what they know and learn what they don’t strengthens a community. Finally, we think it’s important to rescue useful bikes and parts from the trash and reuse them to counter the extreme wastefulness of industrialized nations.

http://bikeproject.org/