Time for a break.

Plan B shutdown?

If you’ve come into our space recently, you’ve probably heard that we’ll be shutting down for the foreseeable future. It’s true. In fact, because of our regular Mardi Gras break, our last regularly scheduled Open Workshop shift will be Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Also, we’ll be having a Mardi Gras bike sale from 4-6pm on Wednesday, Feb 26th where we’ll be selling complete bikes, beaters, incomplete projects, and components at competitive prices. After that, we’re gonna spend a week or two moving almost all of our equipment and supplies into a storage unit.
What’s going on?

We lost our space. As renters, this is always going to be an issue and with the ever-changing (gentrifying/boutique-ing) face of New Orleans, it’s an issue that will come up for us repeatedly if we do not own our own permanent space. Our imminent temporary shutdown also signals the beginning of a new era for us. We want to take this time to re-structure and re-conceptualize what we do while looking for a permanent home. Here are some salient facts that we will address as an organization:

-We seem to be a victim of our own success. We’re one of the busiest community bike projects in the country and are more often than not at or over capacity. Because we don’t charge for stand time or membership, less than 2% of our revenue comes from donations or usage fees. This is shockingly low. It would be wonderful to raise awareness of this and encourage more community (fiscal) support that would allow us to remain grass roots and independent. Supporting memberships with added benefits may be one way of resolving this issue.

-We’ve incubated other projects regionally and supported them both materially and with guidance. We would love to continue doing this as we believe that the work that we do is necessary in promoting healthier, self-sufficient communities.  Again, raising awareness of the impact of this portion of Plan B’s mission would ensure further support; we’ve just got to get the word out there.

So, what’s the plan, really? 

We’re going to start a crowd-funding campaign in the near future. It’s been in the works for a months, but you’d be amazed how much work goes into producing a small film to go with the campaign. If the campaign’s successful, we hope to raise enough funds to put down a down-payment on a building and build it out to suit our needs. What we’re hoping for is a mixed use building that’s climate controlled with office and meeting space as well as industrial/workshop space. Why? We want to offer space for other organizations at affordable rates if necessary, including BikeEasy and Ride New Orleans (who are also losing their space – they’re in the same building as us). The end result is that we’re going to take a break and see if the campaign works out. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for your support.

How can I help?

Did your rich, extravagant uncle just die and leave you a semi-industrial building in an attractive location? If so, please give it to us. Otherwise, we appreciate any kind of help and community involvement. Some of the ways you can help are:

-Help us move. We’ll be moving tools, equipment, stands, etc into storage a few days after Mardi Gras. Have some free time? Drop us an email.

-Donate or commit to donating. If you’d like to donate, we’re a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. You can get a tax-deduction and feel lovely about it. Also, if you’re interested in helping us seed the crowd-sourcing drive as we open it and get yourself some sweet premiums, please drop us a line and we’ll make sure you know about it before we launch.

-It may take us a while to buy a building. We really don’t like resting on our laurels. If you know of a perfect temporary situation with low, low rent that you think would help us serve communities in need, let us know. Also, if there’s a building you want to sell that may work for us, get at us!

-Donate bikes! Yep, we’ll still come get your bikes. Just drop us a line.

Is that it?

Pretty much. We plan on coming back stronger than ever with even more classes, a cleaner climate-controlled space where it doesn’t rain inside, and expanded services. It’s gonna be awesome.

Questions, ideas, wanna help? Please email nolabikeproject@gmail.com

Pre MG Bike Class

We’re announcing what may possibly be the last series of build a bike classes at our current location. Plan B is moving soon, but we’re not completely sure of our move out date, so it’s been somewhat difficult to book classes in advance. We’re not exactly sure where we’re moving to, but if you have any awesome ideas, drop us a line. After this upcoming class, our next potential class date (because of Mardi Gras) will not be until mid-March. We may be in the process of moving by then. Because of this, we’ve squeezed in one more class next week. The class dates will be Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11th and 12th and we will also have class on Tuesday, February 18th.

For clarity, class is Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11th and 12th and a third day of class on the following Tuesday, Feb 18th.

There will be no class on Feb 14th, Valentine’s day.

If this class interests you and you are available to attend, please confirm via email ( classes@bikeproject.org ) at your earliest convenience. We’ll then send you a Paypal invoice to confirm the class. FYI, The classes fill up rather quickly.

Classes Added.

Hey Folks, we’re offering two more rounds of our Build A Bike classes starting next week and the week after.(Jan 21st and Jan 28th) Please send an email to classes@bikeproject.org if you’d like to sign up and please check out the webpage for up-to-date availability. We keep our classes at low capacity to better teach them, so don’t delay if you’re interested.

Mary Crimmus!

Plan B will be closed starting Sunday, December 22nd and we will reopen at 5pm December 30th for our holiday break. We have quite a few bikes for sale now. Wouldn’t an overhauled, inexpensive, recycled Plan B vintage bicycle make an awesome gift? It’s certainly not as tasty as fruitcake, but try riding those baked goods around the neighborhood and see how far you get! This Saturday’s your last chance to get a bike from us before Crimmus! Come early for the best selection. HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!

Classes added.

Hey there, we’ve added a set of classes for mid November. Space is extremely limited as we keep our classes very small and we’re already half booked.  Classes are at 6pm on November 19th, 20th, and 22nd. Please see our class page for more details and information on how to register.

Beaters and Beauties Bike Sale

Beaters and Beauties Bike Sale starts tonight 10/17! All bikes $50-$125, most around $75. We have about 30 complete, operational bikes to sell at Plan B Thursday, 4pm-8pm and Saturday, 11am-3pm. When they’re gone, they’re gone!!!!

Bike!Bike!

Plan be is excited to host the 10th Bike!Bike! this weekend. Open Workshops are cancelled this Thursday and Saturday so we can host amazing community bike organizers from around the world to cross-pollinate ideas and tactics in our efforts to use the bicycle as a tool for social justice, sustainable transportation and equity. Please see www.bikebike.org for more details or if you’d like to register and attend any of the Workshops or Events. Our next scheduled Open Workshop will be Monday, October 7th at 5pm. Happy Bike!Bike! y’all!

3 weeks til Bike!Bike!

Plan B is proud to host Bike!Bike! 2013 in New Orleans this October! Please click the link for more details and register!  We also need housing providers, so if you live in New Orleans please consider hosting some amazing people from all over the world! We’re not picky, we’ll take sofa or floor space, even a spot in your yard to put up a tent. The link to the housing registration is here. –> Bike!Bike! 2013 Housing Provider

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!! EXCLUSIVE PARTIES! DANCING! SECOND LINES!!!! ALL YOU NEED!!!!

Bike!Bike! 2013

Plan B is proud to host Bike!Bike! 2013 in New Orleans this October! Please click the link for more details and consider attending. We also need housing providers, so if you live in New Orleans please consider hosting some amazing people from all over the world! We’re not picky, we’ll take sofa or floor space, even a spot in your yard to put up a tent. The link to the housing registration is here. –> Bike!Bike! 2013 Housing Provider

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!

Schedule Change and Hurricanes.

We’re moving things around a bit at Plan B and in an effort to increase available classes and preserve volunteer resources, Ladies, Trans, and Sissy night will now be on a roughly bi-weekly schedule, happening on the first and third Friday of every month. Additionally, Plan B will be taking it’s annual Hurricane Season break starting in mid-August. We’ll be closed starting Friday, August 16th and re-opening Saturday, August 31st. We’ll be closed again on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd, but then we’ll be open regularly after that. It’s summer time. Stay cool, y’all.