As of OCTOBER 31st, the Houston Bicycle Museum must vacate our home in the center of the Museum District, as it is being demolished for the Holocaust Museum of Houston expansion. Our current traffic has allowed us to make the previous rent ($1250/month), but our budget never anticipated the rents we are now finding. A smaller venue means we must put some of our exhibits in storage - yet another cost. The needed funds for the additional storage and move do not exist.
CAN YOU HELP?
WHO WE ARE As the only Texas bicycle museum, our sights are aimed at becoming America’s must-see bicycle museum. Houston Bicycle Museum displays bicycles and related memorabilia from 1895 to 2017, chronicling bicycle evolution to the most sophisticated of today. We provide a glimpse of how cycling has influenced peoples’ lives and the evolution of the bicycle.
Currently, one can learn of cyclists who have set bicycle speed records, won races, created art inspired bicycles, and peer into an ordinary person’s life with their bicycle. Many types of bikes are exhibited and you probably will find the bicycle you coveted years ago. For the tech-minded, we have infinity variable gears, belt drive/shaft drives, and tools from throughout the years.
HOW YOUR DONATIONS BENEFIT US Your donation is vital to operation and growth of the Houston Bicycle Museum.
Funding issues we are confronted with:
· increased rent for museum space · reduced museum attendance caused by the loss of our prime location · moving costs: creation of new brochures, signage, etc. to support a new destination/location. · build-out of racks/systems for bikes in storage · rent of additional storage space · new/additional security systems · new/additional display systems · labor costs for the complete relocation
WHO BENEFITS FROM WHAT WE DO Every person who crosses our doorstep; indirectly, contributes to our city’s history and culture. As of today, people from 26 countries have visited the museum.
WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES All your donations go directly to the Museum and will be used for the immediate need to move to another location. Costs related to the move, listed above, are the next tier of expenditures. The museum is operated and staffed by professionals and passionate cyclists, who view the museum as preserving the history of the bicycle for future generations.
HOW SOON WE NEED YOUR DONATION NOW – we must vacate by October 31, 2018.
WE ARE THE CHARITY Your donation goes solely to the Houston Bicycle Museum. (www.houstonbicyclemuseum.org)
Your financial support is very much appreciated, NOW and in the future.