The Lansing Bike Co-op needs to raise $10,000 by the end of the year to continue operations.
Six years ago we started with a simple and singular focus. Be of service to our community. You, Lansing. We thought creating a space where people can learn how to fix and maintain their bicycles would be a valuable community asset. Year after year, season after season, we've watched our little shop grow into an integral and unique part of the fabric of the east side neighborhood.
For the first five years of our existence we were fortunate to have a partner in the Ingham County Land Bank. They helped us fix up the building and rented us our space for a nominal fee allowing us to keep our overhead low and focus on the task at hand.
We’ve always opened our doors to anyone in need of help regardless of whether or not they had the financial means to contribute. For the most part this model has served us well. Those who can give tend to give a little more and those who can’t often find other ways to help out. In the end it tends to even out.
Last spring the Land Bank came to us and told us they needed to sell the building. We had two choices. Pack it up and call it a day or find a way to carry on. So we bought the building and now we have the title -- and all the debt that goes along with it.
Like so many others, when we made the decision to purchase the building we could not envision our current situation. This season has been tougher than most. We've had to cancel our spring fundraiser and reduce access to only two nights a week of open shop and no classes.
And so now we’re here asking for your help. Thanks to the generosity of a local community member we were able to purchase our building for $40,000. Our goal is to pay it off in four years, $10,000 per year.
If you’ve ever popped in looking for a barrel adjuster or a cantilever brake arm, if you’ve ever needed to lube up your chain, or pump up your tire -- or if you just like the idea of us being here -- we ask that you please contribute. Help the bike co-op remain in the east side neighborhood through thick and thin. We are an all volunteer non-profit which means every single cent contributed goes right back into making us stronger.
Thank you for your generosity
Lansing Bike Co-op Board of Directors