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Meet Stan Hart and Ashly Fields of Bike Friendly South Dallas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stan Hart and Ashly Fields.

Stan and Ashly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Over 3 years ago, Ashly formed Bike Friendly South Dallas. She was organizing small rides, volunteering in the community and at other bicycle events around town to get acclimated to the culture. My wife and I had moved downtown and were very active in the biking community. My wife met Ashly while on the Greenville Ave Parade in 2015, and suggested her and I get together.

In 2016, we all volunteered together at a ride for Rae’s Hope (another nonprofit organization in Dallas), and that is where I got hooked. I immediately realized the need the need for an organization in South Dallas to help the people with their bikes as there was nothing there.

Ashly and I revamped BFSD logo, formed a nonprofit, got our 501c3, incorporated in Texas and then began trying to figure out our direction. We thought our main focus was a bike shop immediately and got no traction with that, as we had no funding for the building.

One of our volunteers, Doug Gipson, who is now a board member, suggested we just “pop up” around the area with our tools, maintenance stands and volunteers and “fix bikes”. We are now at our Pop Up Bike Shop #8, having helped over 100 kids and adults keep riding, through fixing flats, repairs and even donated bikes. We are still looking for space, as our inventory of donated bikes grows and we are starting to see some money come in.

The future is to find a shop, then develop our curriculum for our cycling and other programs.

Has it been a smooth road?
Ashly can address her early struggles, but as far as when we moved forward together, the only struggles are finding a building that we can afford and getting more donations. We have a great volunteer base. The other challenge is communicating and marketing to our customers and people in South Dallas. The people we want to help do not use social media, so our pop-ups are advertised with flyers and such. Once we pop up, word of mouth travels quickly and we’ll have anywhere from 10-40 people coming by. We will be able to market our shop once we find a location and that will help, but we will always pop up around town, as the kids especially can’t get all over the area, especially when their bike is broke.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Bike Friendly South Dallas is dedicated to promoting bicycle safety, awareness and personal wellness in our community through advocacy, education and outreach.

We plan to launch a WE-Cycle Resource Center.

Become a one-stop shop for Bicycles, People, Independence and Freedom.

We Provide Bicycle Resources like Fitness, community bicycle rides/tours, Bicycle Maintenance/Repairs, Bicycle Education/Safety, Bicycle Awareness/Info/Updates.

Provide Mentorship for Healthy Living, Nutrition, Life Skills, Financial Literacy
and Community Service

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
South Dallas is a great place for an organization like ours, as there are no other resources down there for the community.

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2 Comments

  1. Bill Chance

    November 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    What a great story. Stan and Ashly are giving their time and effort is such a good cause. Sometimes the simple things, like a new tire on a kid’s bike, can make all the difference.

  2. Domenique Cary

    November 16, 2017 at 5:07 am

    What a great story! It’s so inspiring to see how many people can connect on such a level as simple as bike riding. Also, when an organization brings people together with health and fitness, life skills, and financial literacy; you can never go wrong. Bike friendly south Dallas has my full support, and I can’t wait to take a ride!

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