VeloCity bike co-op celebrates 10th anniversary

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VeloCity bike co-op celebrates 10th anniversary
VéloCity is a bicycle cooperative on the corner of Mount Vernon and Custis avenues. (Photo/Margo Wagner)
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By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]

The Del Ray-based VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative is celebrating 10 years of serving the Alexandria community.

John Patterson and Christian Myers co-founded the community-based, volunteer-run bicycle shop in May 2010. The co-op is known for its community services including its Bicycle Scholarship Program, which helps low-income families obtain bicycles, and its “do it yourself” operations.

VéloCity’s 10th year has been an interesting one. Like a lot of bicycle shops, the co-op experienced a sharp increase in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Peak bicycle season normally runs from May through mid-July, but this year, peak season started in March when the pandemic hit the region, Myers said.

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