Marshall LaCount via Crowdrise
January 15, 2013
BENEFITING: NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY BIKE PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Feb 14, 2013
This fundraiser is a gift for Gillian, who generously lends out her bicycle to guests in New Orleans frequently. The bike is in disrepair, and not suitable for her to ride anymore! I'd love to have it in tip-top shape, courtesy of our own Plan B Bike Project (bikeproject.org), by the time she returns.
She did not put me up to this, I'd just like to do it as a gift, and as a funny and manageable exploration in online fundraising outside of the project-based Kickstarter. It's a little bit of a joke, but also, a thing that actually needs done, and a thing where it's more fun to celebrate Gillian and her bike, rather than to put the kabosh on bike lending. I just spent a bunch of money repairing my own bike for the same reason, so this feels more within my abilities for Gillian's bike. I will round up the funds and drop the bike off at Plan B on Elysian Fields. in New Orleans. The goal of $150 is a little low, if we raise more money, I would first upgrade the quality of parts that go back in to Gillian's bike (for example, sealed hubs vs not). If we go even beyond that, I would recoup the $7-14 I spent to promote this ad on FB, repair some of the other messed up loaner bikes around here, and give the money to Plan B. I do not plan on starting any sort of foundation or valiant bike loaning program, and I don't anticipate raising much more than the goal.
If you've ever borrowed a bike and left it unlocked outside Hank's, or drunkenly given your friend a ride in the basket and bent it, or had to catch a ride and left the popped tube hanging out of the rim, now is your chance to throw 2 or 5 or 10 or 15 or more buckaroonies in the pot for a great cause: Gillian, and the spirit of bike loaning!!!
This little fundraiser is definitely done in fun spirits, is pro bike-lending, pro bike-trashing, pro bike-fixing, and definitely not meant to imply anything about the (unfortunately, previously) unsuspecting recipient of its premier gift.