The Community Bicycle Hub is a self-contained semi-permanent structure. It will enable specialized programming that is not currently available in the Rundberg area and will develop additional opportunities for physical exercise for children through the Cycle Academy and Bike Start programs as well as low impact active transportation for seniors through the Golden Rollers program.
The Hub’s purpose is to help foster physical activity in the community through making safe biking accessible through education and the provision of services.The proposed Hub structure will be created from a modified 20′ shipping container which will be mobile and installed in an area with level ground and open space. It will be subdivided into 1) a bicycle maintenance workshop/instructional space with work benches, bicycle mechanics tools, parts and materials, and 2) a storage area which will house youth bicycles, senior tricycles, and helmets to provide enhanced and unique physical activity based education and programming at GGRC. Two 6’’ roll-up doors on either side of the workshop area will enable airflow through the space. This is a highly requested expansion of our programs in Austin, and is already approved by the GGRC site manager and the Parks And Recreation Department (PARD).
The Hub is sustainable because it is a piece of long term infrastructure designed to provide continuing community services. The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative currently provides long term educational and recreational programming in the Rundberg area to low income and at-risk youth, and this infrastructure will expand our ability serve additional populations. In the short term, PARD staff and local community members will be trained to staff the infrastructure. The long term goal is to develop institutional knowledge within the community so the Hub becomes a community managed resource.