ATHENS, Georgia – BikeAthens, a local nonprofit dedicated to equity in Athens transportation, is excited to announce its reopening at a new location on 1190 Prince Ave. Ste. B. After closing public operations for four months, the organization is ready to welcome cyclists, enthusiasts, shoppers, and volunteers beginning Thursday, Feb. 1 at 11:00 a.m. The move, resulting from an unexpected lease change in Aug. 2023, was made possible with generous community support. While the organization rushed to pack up the shop, the Athens community donated money, talent, and materials to cover moving costs, construction in a new location, and helped out with a significant rent increase.
The BikeAthens shop is now adjacent to Daily Groceries Co-Op across from Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center on ACC bus route 7. “This new location offers so many benefits to us as an organization,” said Liz Solomon, BikeAthens board member. “It’s more safely accessible by bike, is close to other community resources our clients rely on, and offers a better work environment for our staff and volunteers. We’re confident this new space will help us build community around cycling, provide bikes and repair services to those in need, and continue to advocate for transportation equity in Athens.” BikeAthens will celebrate a successful move with the first Fix Your Own Bike session (FYOB) of the year from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Thursday, Feb. 1. Organizers strive to create an atmosphere that is open, inclusive, and approachable to all, no matter a person’s level of experience. For a suggested $10 donation per hour, people from the public can bring bikes and take advantage of BikeAthen’s extensive tool collection and expertise. “The fact that Feb. 1 is on a Thursday is not a coincidence,” said Scott Long, Executive Director at BikeAthens. “This will mark the return of our weekly FYOB (Fix Your Own Bike) Sessions, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to fixing bikes and building on our community.”