Three years ago, Devin Cowens , 35, had an idea for an Atlanta-based gear library where cyclists borrow bikepacking equipment and return it when finished. The library would remove barriers for femme, trans, women, and nonbinary riders, to an activity that has a high cost of entry. Last month, after tons of work and help from others, the idea became a reality. Cowens’ advice for others interested in starting a gear library for their community?
“You have to have a really solid team that you work well with,” Cowens told Bicycling .
So she rallied leadership team members Sarah Cruz, 38, and Hannah Griggs, 32. Cowens, Cruz, and Griggs focused their energy on their individual strengths in order to make the library come together. Cowens has experience as a community organizer and event planner and is an advocate for BIPOC folks in cycling . Cruz is a librarian and long-time bicycle commuter . And Griggs is a writer and educator with lots of outdoors experience. Over the last few years, they each applied their past experiences to the gear library whenever they had free time.
“Devin’s role is of course having the whole idea, but also being able to source gear and form relationships and partnerships,” Cruz said. “My role was describing, organizing, and bringing together the system for checking the gear in and out.” Griggs created the content and outreach, putting things together for social media and getting the word out. “We really do need all three of us,” Cruz said. […]