Bikerowave seeking new location!

Even though I’m an East-sider, I have frequented the Bikerowave fairly often. I did a couple Cubcamp rides and the now-infamous CubCamp Extra Credits Ride (Santa Barbara to Silverlake), which left from the Bikerowave. And in a world of ever-increasing capitalistic endeavors in our bicycle scene, it’s nice to know that there’s still a not-for-profit bicycle collective that exists solely to help people get on bicycles, regardless of how much money they have. (Props, of course, to both the Bicycle Kitchen and the Bike Oven, too!)

 

Workin on bikes at the Bikerowave
Workin' on bikes at the Bikerowave (Photo credit: Alex Thompson, licensed through Creative Commons.)

 The Bikerowave is now looking for a new space! According to co-founder Alex Thompson:

We seek 800+ sq. ft, with high ceilings, and potentially a store front.   Bikerowave is based in West LA, so locations West of the 405 and North of Washington Blvd are ideal.  Unfinished industrial space, and odd spaces are welcome.  Our present rent is $1350 per month, and we probably be unable to pay more than $2000 per month.  If you have resources or leads, please email [email protected].

I know it’s a rough time in our local and national economy, but if you spot any possible storefronts that might be perfect for the Bikerowave, drop them a line!

6 Replies to “Bikerowave seeking new location!”

  1. Guys, panasonic youth hasn’t even been blogging for us for a month. If this post gets bogged down in eastside vs. westside comments I will whup some ass. grr. [shakes fist protectively]

  2. Since Michele’s threats of violence is good enough to keep me from an east/west thing, I’ll just have to quickly exploit a loophole and good-naturedly harp on the benefits of putting a space between “Silver” and “Lake” before she shuts that discourse down, too.

    (running away).

  3. Waltarrrr, sorry. It comes from how we refer to “east” and “west” in the bike community. You’re right that I’m technically from the westside, since I’m west of downtown LA, but I’m used to referring to people beyond the 405 as “Westsiders.”

    I will remember to use the right term in the future!

  4. panasonicyouth, I wasn’t tryin’ to knock ya. As a Militant Locationist, I just couldn’t resist pointing it out. Ever since I moved from what I once mistakenly considered part of the East-side in Hollywood (because it was east of Vine) to the Northeast-Side in Highland Park, I get irked every time the term East-side is applied to places west of 1st and Main.

    As far as Bikrowave’s dilemma, I’m not sure if they are a bona fide non-profit 501(c)(3) like the Bicycle Kitchen, or more of a ‘Not-much-of-a-profit’ like the Bike Oven. If they ARE filed as a non-profit, they probably have a good chance of approaching the city of Santa Monica for some free or low-rent space.

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