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Landlord Forcing DC Nonprofit Bike Shop to Move

Landlord Forcing DC Nonprofit Bike Shop to Move
By Gordon Chaffin • Issue #144 • View online
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Gearin' Up Bicycles, a nonprofit bike shop in DC that teaches young people to work on bikes, needs to move from their current space at 314 Randolph Place NE.
Gearin' Up Bicycles, a nonprofit bike shop in DC that teaches young people to work on bikes, needs to move from their current space at 314 Randolph Place NE.
Help Gearin' Up Bicycles Find New Commercial Space
A DC landlord is kicking Gearin’ Up Bicycles out from the shop’s space in Eckington next to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The fast-growing organization takes in donated bikes, trains underserved youth to fix them up, and sells them back into the community. Gearin’ Up is asking for donations to relocate from 314 Randolph Place NE.
From their June 8th email newsletter:
“While this unexpected news presents significant challenges, Gearin’ Up outgrew its current space long ago, turning this move into an opportunity to have a greater impact on DC youth and community.
Gearin’ Up has grown rapidly over the past few years and at an exponential rate through the pandemic’s bicycle boom. In 2020, we sold 400 bicycles, DOUBLE the number we sold in 2019. However, our current building is bursting at the seams with a steady stream of donated bicycles, youth mechanics, volunteers, and customers constantly coming into the shop. 
To continue serving our beloved community and to reach more of D.C.‘s underserved youth, we must move into a larger, more suitable space to get the job done. While a mid-summer move is immensely challenging, we are excited by this opportunity to better fulfill Gearin’ Up’s mission: empowering youth of color with professional skills and creating an inclusive "home” for them in cycling as a sport and as an industry.“
As of writing, the donation campaign for Gearin’ Up is approaching $10,000 of their $75,000 goal to fund the move to a new space. Their shop is the best of bicycling in a community: as an affordable mode of travel, as a culture of free expression and creativity, and as a means of economic opportunity and craftmanship.
I hope you’ll support Gearin’ Up Bikes in DC and/or a similar bike shop in Arlington, Phoenix Bicycles.
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This is Gordon Chaffin's newsletter. By day, he's a local journalist and current events storyteller living in Washington, DC. The goal: produce writing and multimedia -- civic participation resources -- that include, inform, and equip stakeholders with the least power to improve their community. On evenings and weekends, Gordon is a freelance audio/video producer and photographer. Topics of interest: transportation -- especially non-car transit -- plus housing, environmental justice, social and gender policies like family-medical leave, and education -- especially early childhood. Please send news tips to gordon[AT]streetsensemedia[DOT]org and freelance job inquiries to gordonchaffin[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

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