Zoinks! We’ve been slammed the past few weeks and the blog-writing duties have unfortunately been a lil’ neglected. Still, I wanted to give a quick recap of the Bici! Bici! Conference that took place over this past weekend.
Bici! Bici! is an annual conference that aims to bring together those involved in California bicycle cooperatives through talks, presentations, skill shares and workshops. This year, Bici! Bici! was organized and hosted by our friends over at Spokeland Bike Co-Op.
Dozens of bike-folks from across the state descended on our fair city. A majority of the out-of-towners were from LA and had never been to Oakland before. Yee!
Pedal Express held several workshops at our office space in Emeryville:
Workshop #1: Inspiring New Cyclists & Mechanics
A roundtable discussion regarding best-practices when it comes to teaching and empowering those who have an interest in bikes, but may be new to the bike co-op scene, or cycling in general.
Workshop #2: Technology in Co-Ops
A presentation about how to use technology to improve operational efficiency in bike co-ops. Included a brief overview of popular, free software like Google Drive and LastPass.
Workshop #3: Hustling Donations 101/Fundraising Through Events
A motivating presentation about how to host events and gather donations. The moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to ask for stuff!
Workshop #4: Practicamos Espanol del Taller (Practicing Shop Spanish)
A technical workshop, focusing on bike shop-talk en Espanol.
In attendance were representatives from Bicycle Co-Ops from all over the state. Here is a partial list of those in attendance:
- SLO Bike Kitchen
- Sacramento Bike Kitchen
- Valley Bikery
- Ovarian Psyco-Cycles
- Santa Cruz Bike Church
- El Bike Shack
- SF Yellow Bike Project
- SF Bike Kitchen
- Richmond Spokes
- The Bikery
- Spokeland Bike Co-Op
I had a great time at the conference. Met a ton of new people and was fascinated to hear tales of bike culture in other parts of the state.
Perhaps my favorite Bici! Bici! moment came at the after party at the Lobot Gallery. I noticed that the group was split up between Bay Area folks and those from LA. In a slightly inebriated state, I pointed this out to the nearest Angeleno. The next thing I know, I’m being wrapped up in a group hug made up of everyone in the room, spinning around, and chanting “BIKES! BIKES! BIKES! BIKES!”