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April 24, 2019

Sprocket Launch Party and News Release

Sprocket Launch Party

Nonprofit Cola Town Bike Collective to Launch ‘Sprocket” Cycling App for Columbia, S.C., at May 1 Event

Event and launch are timed in honor of national Bike Month in May

To kick off national Bike Month, the Cola Town Bike Collective (CTBC) is launching Sprocket, its new web-based app for cycling routes across the Columbia, S.C., region, with a celebration on May 1 at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at CTBC’s new headquarters at 711 Elmwood Ave. in historic Elmwood Park, one block from the Vista Greenway. View info for the May 1, 2019 launch party at the Facebook event here.

S.C.’s only freestanding nonprofit bike shop, the Cola Town Bike Collective is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) charitable organization of bicycle users whose mission is to educate and empower the community by providing a welcoming space to learn about bicycle repair, engage in maintenance practices, and promote safe operation through outreach and advocacy activities.

Sprocket: Bike-Friendly Routes, Connecting Communities

Sprocket is a new, web-based mobile app created by CTBC that provides curated bicycle routes through the Midlands based on a rider’s comfort level as a bicycle user. Learn about the Sprocket cycling app here.

“Our volunteer team at Cola Town Bike Collective has taken our collective 40 years of knowledge and experience with cycling through the Midlands and is giving that knowledge back to the community,” says Scott Nuelken, President of Cola Town Bike Collective. “With Sprocket, you can plan a fun ride, find our network of bike repair stands, and identify the best routes near you.”

The Sprocket app will feature mapping, voice and visual navigation, as well as locations for bicycle racks, bicycle repair stands, and docks for the BlueCross BlueShield Blue Bike bicycle share program. Choose from beginner, novice and expert options in terms of difficulty, steepness of hills, etc. and enjoy a curated selection of “fun rides” for cyclists of all levels. This program was funded by a Connected Communities Grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, as well as private sponsors and donations from around the Midlands.

Starting on May 1, 2019, users can go to www.ridesprocket.com to bookmark and use the app.

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