The Palmetto Cycling Coalition plans to move its office Saturday, using only bikes to cart stuff about two miles to its new headquarters in Shandon .
Fortunately, the coalition is a minimalist organization to start with, and the new landlord is donating the major office furniture. But it still should be an interesting and unusual moving day.
"We don't have a lot to move, and it's not a far trip," said Rachel Kefalos, director of the coalition. "I'd heard about the move-by-bike movement in other places, so I suggested it to our board, and they said, 'Let's try it.'"
The coalition had bounced around from office to office the past year before Abacus Planning Group offered Kefalos a free room in its new Shandon building.
The largest items to move include a three-drawer filing cabinet and various computer components. Several coalition members plan to bring special trailers usually used to pull children, groceries or camping gear behind their bikes, Kefalos said. An Upstate group has pledged to bring an eight-seat conference bike, a strange-looking contraption with space in the middle for cargo.
Anyone who wants to join the moving party is welcome to ride along. If you want to feel like you're helping, there might be some file folders or staplers that will fit in a backpack.
The group will gather at the current coalition office at 215 Pickens St., at 10 a.m. The ride to the new office at Devine and Queen streets is relatively flat and easy.
"Beyond the feat of the move, it's a great excuse for a community ride," Kefalos said.