I’m extremely overdue for an update on how things are progressing with Cool Water Bikes. It has been 19 months since we started looking for space and nearly a year since we signed the lease for our new storefront on Howard Street. Since then, we have gone through a long series of agonizingly slow hiccups. But finally we are filing permits with the city to be able to begin the renovation needed to move in. The exact timeline going forward is still murky, but we are hoping to open in the new space later this spring. Please watch our website (www.coolwaterbikes.org) for news. As we transition to the new space, we really need more volunteers to help make it a success. We are working out details of what those positions will be, but if you are at all interested please give me a call (especially if you are able to commit time weekly during a weekday afternoon).
In the meantime we have continued to spend time building relationships with youth and spreading the word about Cool Water Bikes and Cup of Cool Water. In the last two months, we have had six youth work in the shop, either fixing their own bikes or working towards earning a bicycle. One young man earned a bicycle (along with a helmet and lock) just before Christmas.
We are planning our third annual Poker Ride/Run fundraiser. It will be on Saturday July 14 (10am – 2pm) and will start/finish at Gonzaga University (right next to the Centennial Trail across from the Law School). Details will be up on our website soon. We are looking for sponsors this year to help it grow to be a bigger success. If you are interested in sponsoring or in donating items for the raffle or silent auction, please get in touch soon.
Here are some other events we are planning to participate in this spring and summer. If you can help with any of these, please let us know.
- March 24-25: Spokane Bike Swap – we will have a booth to sell bikes and parts and advertise CWB. We need help manning the booth as well as for setup and teardown.
- April 14: Ronde Van Palouse – bicycle race on dirt roads south of Spokane. Volunteer and help advertise CWB to the bike racing community. Or race and wear one of our jerseys.
- May 26-27: 24-Hours Around the Clock mountain bike race – this will be our fifth year. Join our team or come cheer us on.
- June 30: Whitworth Criterium – bicycle road race on the Whitworth University campus. Criteriums are great for watching because the racers go around a short course lots of times. Cheer them on each time they go around.