Passing Flock of Cycles on instead of disbanding

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Nick D
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I have been talking to a few individuals over the past week about potentially taking over the administrative side of Flock of Cycles. This is mostly due to the over-whelming response to the news that we were planning on dissolving.

It is unfortunate that it took that news to get people to step forward with serious interest in contributing, but sometimes, that is just what it takes.

So, if anyone else is interested, please contact me- nick@flockofcycles.org


stefb
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People may have stepped forward sooner had they known what was happening? But this is great news.


mr marvelous
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This is the first I have heard anything about this.


Pierce
Participant
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Whenever a community asset looks to be going away, people usually flock around it


Nick D
Participant
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Stef, we had been publicly asking for input and help continuously since last July (at least). I can count the number of people who offered help on one hand. The majority of the people who came to me upset about Flock dissolving had not offered to help in the past.


stefb
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Ah it was not clear to me, at least, that flock was going to disband if others didn’t take over.


Nick D
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It wasn’t never explicitly expressed, but that’s what happens to an org when it doesn’t have the people-power needed to run. It wasn’t planned, but it got to a point where it was only Rob and I left and both of our employment situations had changed, not leaving us the time Flock needs.


reddan
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May I make a proposal? Why don’t we pick a date in the near future for a meetup, so that those of us with an interest in keeping Flock going can put our heads together?

Just to throw something out there, how about Friday June 2nd at 6:30 PM, Big Dog Coffee on the South Side? We could go for a ride and/or hit OTB afterwards…


stefb
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I can’t make that date, but if no resolution is made and flock is unable to continue as it was, a discussion about a Pittsburgh bike party like edmonds spoke of in California may be an option to replace it…


mr marvelous
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I like reddan’s idea, a meet up is a good idea, when I read about Flock needing more help I always believed it was because Flock was expanding, I guess I misunderstood. At this point I would be of little help as I work 36 hours and go to school the rest of the time. Once school was finished I always had ideas of being more involved be this could all end by then.


Nick D
Participant
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@reddan, I probably can’t make that. I think I am heading to Philly for a bike shop opening.

Maybe the week after?


reddan
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@nick: Monday, 06/04? Friday is the Team Thick dinner…


reddan
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Ok, for those who are interested in helping to carry the Flock torch, let’s get together at Big Dog Coffee (2717 Sarah Street on the South Side) next Tuesday, June 12th, at 6 PM.


Swalfoort
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I hope to participate, schedule permitting.


anon123
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Since I don’t necessarily have any experience handling an organization like this and most of you have never even met me in person, I certainly don’t want to elbow my way into this if there’s already a group of capable people on board. But if there is indeed some way I can help, I’m glad to do it since I think Flock is a valuable thing to keep around, and I can make it to that meeting time next week.


Mick
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@pearmask I certainly don’t want to elbow my way into this if there’s already a group of capable people on board

If I understand correctly, the capable people here are dropping it.

Now it’s up to people like me. ;)

Please, don’t feel like you are “elbowing in.”


ejwme
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pear, what Mick said. I’m going to try to make it, but likewise have zilch experience. At this point, the time and inclination to help seems more important than experience. (Though less ideal than experience, time, AND inclination).

I don’t think I’m alone when I say I’d rather see Flock flounder than founder.


edmonds59
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My perception is that the current status is due to the fact that no one did bother to elbow in previously.


rzod
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Perhaps a Facebook update is in order? Surely there are people who Flocked that aren’t part of this message board.


StuInMcCandless
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The Pittsburgh Critical Mass group on Facebook seems to be gathering people still. Anything about rides, meetups, etc., is worth cross-posting there. I seem to have admin privileges there, but I think about 50 people also do, so maybe I’m nothing special.


Nick D
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Flock wasn’t started by “capable people”. It was started by people who saw a need for something and thought they could do something about it. I think to keep Flock alive, people who truly want to help are even more valuable than people who are qualified to help.


anon123
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Cool. I’ll be there next week, then.


buffalo buffalo
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I’ve turned into a slow starter in the morning, so I’m usually still at work at 6, but I’ll try to make it.


StuInMcCandless
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Someone please post a heads-up about this sometime in the 12 hours before this, so that I can remember to get my butt over there in time.

I grabbed a tag about 50 feet from the front door of this place a couple months ago, and posted it while seated there, so I can definitely recommend it as a cool place to meet & talk. It’d be nice if the weather cooperated, as they have a nice deck out back.


ejwme
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I’ve reserved the time on my work calendar, so I’ll make it.


mr marvelous
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I may come to this also, if it’s ok with everyone. I know I’m one of the newer riders on this board and I don’t want to overstep but I really want to help. Even if I just help marshall the rides or something.


reddan
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If we end up with the problem of too many volunteers, well, we’ll muddle through somehow.


Nick D
Participant
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Having more people than expected would be the best possible scenario. Dan and I were talking earlier about a contingency plan in the case that it is only him and I.


mr marvelous
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I’ll be there even if it’s during my favorite Tuesday ride. Flock is worth the sacrifice.

Hey Big Dog is next door to my gym we can all go workout afterwards. jk


reddan
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Bumpety-bump-bump.

Tomorrow evening, 6 PM, Big Dog Coffee (2717 Sarah St)

Don’t make Nick and I activate the “no-one showed, let’s drink beer” emergency fallback plan.


Pierce
Participant
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Whoops. I meant to come to this, but booked something else in this time slot. Maybe you guys could post minutes or something here?


reddan
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@Pierce: will do.


mr marvelous
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I will come to this if it’s ok with you guys


reddan
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@mr marv: Please do.


salty
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I would be there but I’m out of town.


anon123
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I’ll be there!


rzod
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I would love to be there, but as of now I don’t think I can make it. I’ll have to read the minutes.


stefb
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If the team decaf ride is cancelled…


StuInMcCandless
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Have bike, will be there. Thanks for the reminders!


ejwme
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Can’t get there at that time. Really irked. Must read minutes.

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