Last Sunday the Bicis (Spanish for bikes) community action team helped kickoff the Excelsior Community Market. This open air community market is the first time that this forgotten southeastern part of San Francisco has had something like this. Local vendors and community organizations were on hand providing information on City services, and selling local produce, homemade beauty products, plus food trucks. PODER was their with our recycled bicycles.
Earlier this month PODER members and our network of collaborators- POWER, SF Bicycle Coalition, Yellow Bike Project, Pedal Revolution, and others- helped advocate & win a Reclaimed Bicycles ordinance. This ordinance, sponsored by District 11 Supervisor John Avalos formalizes community groups relationship with City Departments that house hundreds and thousands of unclaimed bicycle properties. PODER members believe that publicly held properties should be invested towards creating community held assets. We call this a Pueblote solution. Pueblo (people) + Lote (properties) = Community assets.
On Sunday action team members comprised of community bike riders, residents, mechanics, and environmental justice organizers organized free repairs and a used bike parts swap. We also launched our survey asking local residents about the possibilities of creating a community-run bicycle cooperative in the Excelsior District. Survey respondents were eligible to be entered in kids bike raffle. The pictures below includes the lucky girl who won a great recycled bike.
Join us for the next market, or better yet lend your skills, on May 25th from 12pm-3pm.