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This is Andrew, the new organizer and bike mechanic at the Wingnut. He has volunteered to run the bike shed and help his community through bike repair. 
He is currently re organizing the shed. He will be looking for donations of bikes, bike parts, tubes, tires and TOOLS. Bike pumps and lights and helmets would also be amazing!

Some new bike shed policies he wants to assert include no spray painting, and no bikes not brought in by their owners. His availability will be fluctuating based on his school and work. Please stop by, especially when you see the doors to the shed open!

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Come one come all on Friday October 25th to a Halloween Bike Parade!

Critical Mass/ bike parades are typically on the last Friday of every month.

5pm meet up in Monroe Park near the fountain.  The ride will leave at 6pm!

Costumes encouraged as long as they aren’t the racist/sexist variety or other oppressive costumes.

Bring music, signs,  kids, etc. To celebrate bikes and Halloween!
The ride will be a group ride and we will try to stick together- its no race!

Rag & Bones Bicycle Cooperative seeks female mechanics, or women who wish to become mechanics.

A message from the Rag & Bones Bike Co-op:

“Wishing we had another day of open hours? We are actively seeking female mechanics (trained or willing to learn) to help run a ladies’/queer night on Sundays or Thursdays. If interested please come by the shop during our regular hours, or call or message us!”

You an find Rag n Bones on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/RagBonesBicycleCoOp/info

or during current Open Hours Tuesdays 5-9 and Saturdays 1-5 at 3110 West Leigh Street.

Don’t forget about Critical Mass Bike Rides on the Last Saturday of every month meeting at 5pm in Monroe Park and leaving at 6 for a group ride!

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If you have spare bikes, bike parts, broken bikes, etc. please donate them to the Wingnut Anarchist Collective.
We have a program in place where bikes are repaired/built and then redistributed at no cost to kids, undocumented immigrants, recently unincarcerated individuals, and low income folks in general.
If anyone can donate bike locks that would be amazing, we want the folks who get the bikes to be able to keep them secured.

You can call us or email us to have bikes picked up, or drop them off at our collective.

any amount of bikes and bike parts and tool and locks helps!

Bring your bikes and boomboxes yall!

Critical Mass Bicycle Ride
Public
Hosted by Rag & Bones Bicycle Co-op

When
Friday, May 31 at 5:00pm
Where
Monroe Park (VCU)
620 W. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Details
A critical mass bicycle ride to promote bicycle awareness on the streets of Richmond. Route will be announced before we ride.

BRING THE Noise and fun!

Monroe Park
Meet at 5pm
Leave at 6pm

Update on the new bike ordinance:
Ord. No. 2012-232 (Patrons: Mr. Conner and Mr. Agelasto) – To amend and reordain ch. 102, art. IX, div. 1 of the City Code by adding therein a new section numbered 102-441 for the purpose of making it unlawful for any person to attach a bicycle, motorcycle or moped to a City-owned tree and to amend and reordain City Code § 102-439, concerning the impoundment of bicycles, for the purpose of authorizing police officers to impound bicycles, mopeds or motorcycles, which, for a period of more than 72 consecutive hours, have been attached to City-owned trees, posts, signs or other property owned by the City.

Here’s the original ordinance:
http://library.municode.com/index.a…
Sec. 102-439. – Impoundment.permanent link to this piece of content

(a)

Any police officer may impound a bicycle which is not properly registered, which is not displaying the license decal as required by this article, which is without a serial number, which is abandoned or which is parked in such a manner as to create a traffic hazard. The owner of a bicycle impounded by the police or the owner’s agent may claim it at the place it is held and, upon proof of ownership, obtain possession thereof without the payment of any fee or charge on account of the impoundment. However, the owner, if a resident of the city, shall first obtain a license decal and register such bicycle before it shall be released. The chief of police shall use due diligence to ascertain the name and address of the owner of an impounded bicycle and notify the owner that it is being held. If a bicycle is not claimed by the owner within 30 days from the date it was impounded, it may be either donated to a charitable organization by the chief of police or sold by the director of procurement services. Every such sale, whenever practicable, shall be made on the basis of competitive bids after the public notice required for the sale of tangible personal property owned by the city, and when there has been competitive bidding such sale shall be made to the highest or best responsible bidder. The director of procurement services shall have authority to reject any or all bids and to order new bidding or, with the approval of the chief administrative officer, make the sale to any person, whether a former bidder or not, without further bidding. The proceeds of such sales shall be paid into the city treasury. The cost of impounding, removal, storage, investigation as to ownership, notice and sale shall be paid out of the proceeds of such sale, and the balance of such funds shall be held for the owner of such bicycle at the time of its impoundment for a period of 60 days. The balance of the proceeds of sale shall thereafter be deposited in the city treasury. If, within three years after the date of sale of such bicycle, the ownership thereof at the time of its impoundment is established to the satisfaction of the chief administrative officer, such owner shall be paid the balance of the proceeds from the sale, without payment of interest or other charge. No claim shall be made nor any suit, action or proceeding be instituted for the recovery of such proceeds after three years from the date of sale.

(b)

Any bicycle found and delivered to the police by a private person which thereafter remains unclaimed for 30 days after the final date of publication as required in this section may be donated to a charitable organization or given to the finder; however, the location and description of the bicycle shall be published, at least once a week for two consecutive weeks, in a newspaper of general circulation within the city. Such notice shall be published in a form to be approved by the chief of police. If the bicycle is given to the finder, the finder of the bicycle shall be responsible for the publication of such notice and any cost associated therewith. Prior to release of the bicycle, the finder shall present verification of compliance with the publication requirements, as set forth in this section. If a license plate or tag is affixed to a found bicycle, the chief of police shall use due diligence to notify the record owner that it is being held.

Basically if you lock a bike to city property for 3 days and something goes missing from the bike that makes it inoperable then police tag the bike and remove it in 7 days. Also If you attach a bike to any city property for more then 10 days the city is allowed to remove your urban eyesore regardless of operability.

Complaints can be filed to:
Parker Agelasto (city council 5th district)
Phone (804) 646-6050
Email parker.agelasto@richmondgov.com

Charles Samuels (city council 2nd district)
Phone 804.646.6532
Fax 804.646.5468
Email charles@samuelsforcouncil.com

The agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting (PDF) has a number of items of local interest – we pulled this from the http://www.fanofthefan.com website:

Ord. No. 2013-84 (Patron: Mr. Agelasto) – To amend and reordain ch. 102, art. VI, div. 1 of the City Code by adding therein new sections numbered 102-246—102-248, for the purposes of making it unlawful for any person to paa motorcycle in such a manner that such motorcycle is attached to a tree on City-owned property, making it unlawful to attach any moped to a tree, post, sign or other property on City-owned property and authorizing police officers to impound any such illegally parked motorcycle or illegally attached moped.
Ord. No. 2013-85 (Patron: Mr. Agelasto) – To repeal City Code §§ 102-461, 102-462, 102-463, 102-464, 102-465, 102-466, 102-467 and 102-468, concerning the registration and reporting of bicycles, for the purpose of removing registration requirements for bicycles and the authority to impound bicycles not properly registered.
Ord. No. 2013-88 (Patron: Mr. Agelasto) – To amend and reordain City Code § 102-439, concerning the impoundment of bicycles, for the purposes of removing references to the registration of bicycles and authorizing police officers to impound unclaimed bicycles, and to amend and reordain ch. 102, art. IX, div. 1 of the City Code by adding therein new sections numbered 102-441—102-442, for the purposes of making it unlawful for any person to attach a bicycle to a tree, post, sign or other property on City-owned property and authorizing police officers to impound any such illegally attached bicycles.
Res. No. 2013-R104 (Patron: Mr. Agelasto) – To encourage citizens of the City of Richmond to register their bicycles with the National Bike Registry and to request that the Chief Administrative Officer cause the Administration, as part of its bicycle initiatives, to encourage bicycle owners to register their bicycles with the National Bike Registry and provide the information necessary for bicycle owners to do so.
Parker Agelasto seems to be the man behind a lot of this and his email is: parker.agelasto@richmondgov.com

So as far as we can tell, this 3rd section above which we bolded, means that the City/cops can enforce (or selectively enforce how they do) the rule about no parking/locking bikes on any City property, by impounding bikes which are on or locked to City signs/posts/trees/etc.

Even if this law refers only to bikes left for 72 hours, which it seems like it does not, 72 hours is WAY too short of a time period to wait. People might go out of town, get sick, etc. and leave a bike somewhere for a few days- people definitely leave cars parked on the street for this long or longer. Additionally, there is no way to standardize HOW the cops tell if a bike has been there for 72 hours- what about people who regularly leave a bike near their home or school or job? It might appear to someone that the bike has been left there simply because they lock up at the same spot on a daily or nightly basis.

How the hell can they pass a law about where you can’t park bikes or mopeds or motorcycles before the city has made any effort to create places where you can legally park/lock up bikes/mopeds/motorcycles?
Totally Bass Ackwards.
We need bike racks on every block – especially if you aren’t going to be able to park to signs or trees. Richmond wants to pretend like it a bike friendly city without actually doing the work necessary to be bike friendly. Friendly is bike racks,  friendly is educating drivers of cars about bikes, friendly is passing out bike lights, friendly is actually promoting bike culture, not punishing it.

Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk. Cars have plenty of options for parking, plenty of places to park etc. In fact parking signs are one of the only options for cyclists to lock their bikes to- bikes are an afterthought in City policy. Bikes should have options for parking/locking wherever the City provides it for cars.

Come on Richmond, do something right for once. You provide the bike racks first, and then see how people stop needing to lock to trees or signs.

Legislating behavior doesn’t work, and it especially doesn’t work if there aren’t viable alternative behavioral options. True Story.

If you are able to attend the City Council Meeting next Monday evening (April 22nd) at 6:00 pm at City Hall, please do to make sure this doesn’t pass. There is a public comment period at the beginning of the session.

If you think bikes locked on City signs/posts/trees/etc. are a nuisance, just wait til you see how much of a nuisance us cyclists can be if this law passes without a massive implementation of bike racks around the city first.

Richmond has a new resource for folks in the City.

The Richmond Rag is “A free calendar of low cost or free events and collective DIY Spaces”.

It includes also a directory of radical spaces and organizations, as well as a list of places to get free or cheap healthy food (Food Not Bombs and local Farmer’s Markets).

Print copies are now available at the Wingnut for September.

You can access online also, and submit your events or organizations here: www.therichmondrag.blogspot.com

So submit your potlucks, protests, free classes, bike rides, meetings etc.!

Thanks to the folks who put this together, you know who you are!!!

We spent Thursday night and a good chunk of the day Friday entering all of the books from our Radical Lending Library onto the Librarything, adding tags to pre-existing entries, and re-organizing the shelves. The result (aside from our crossed eyes and papercuts) is a library collection that is much easier to search by subject online and better arranged on the shelves.

We had over 200 books that were in our collection but not yet recorded as in our collection. Now all of those titles are available in our online database.

To search our collection, go to: http://www.librarything.com/home/thewingnutrva  We have 2 collections currently- one is the Approaching Apocalypse Zine Library which currently has just 203 catalogued titles.  Our book collection, titled Your Library, now has 764 titles.

Some of our categories in our library include: guns, gardens, DIY (Do It Yourself), Myths, Religion, Guerilla Warfare, Government Oppression, Anti-Civilization, Ecology, Civil Rights, Black Liberation, Radical Activism, Hawai’i, Australia, Indigenous, Richmond, Richmond Authors, Queer Theory, Queer History, Queer Biography, Queer Fiction, Feminism, Medicine and Alternative Medicine, Animal Rights, Food Politics, Cookbooks, Art, Music, Bikes, Military Handbooks, Field Guides, Zine Compilations, Graphic Novels, Travelling, Globalization, Anarchism, Radical Fiction, Prisons, Anarchist Practice, Mexico, Central America, South America, Celts, Consumer Culture, U.S. Cultural Studies, Home Renovation and More!

Please, feel free to go onto librarything.com and search the collections here at the Wingunt (thewingnutrva is our screenname on that website) If you seem somehting you like, come by during Open Hours (Wednesday and Friday from 4-9pm)and check it out (you can check a book out for 2 weeks). If you can’t make open hours just send us an email or give us a call and we can arrange a different time for your visit. (804) 303 5449 wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If you would like to donate us books, we are specifically interested in adding to our Anarchism, Radical Fiction, Radical Activism, Black Liberation, Civil Rights, Prisons, Government Oppression, Queer Theory, Queer History, and DIY sections. But if your donation is to a different category that would be lovely as well!

A recent post on the Church Hill People’s News website shows some of the issues that Church Hill faces in regards to accessing affordable, healthy food. Southern Barton Heights, Brookland Park, Battery Park, and Highland Park all face similar challenges as Food Deserts. There are no grocery stores in our neighborhood. There are corner stores which typically have a smaller, less quality, and more expensive selection – in addition to fewer open hours than many grocery stores. The closest grocery store to our neighborhood is the Kroger at Lombardy and Broad. Residents without personal vehicles are forced to either walk, bike, or take the bus. Aside from that they only have access to what the corner stores have to offer.

There are other challenges on the people in low income food deserts. The public transportation system in Richmond, namely the GRTC, has been cutting routes over the past couple years. And last night city council just voted to pass a bus fare hike. Additionally, there are no bike shops in Southern Barton Heights to help people who do ride bikes maintain their equipment.

Food Politics and access to affordable, healthy food are not isolated issues. They are tied into to many issues around class and race. There are reasons why certain areas do not have the access they need. Working with groups like the Richmond Transit Rider’s union can be ways to take a more holistic approach to the problem of food access in our communities. (more…)