Bike Works is hiring!
The Bike Works Bike Shop and Warehouse are now accepting applications for both full and part-time mechanic and retail positions. In addition to running a full-service repair shop, we fix and refurbish every type of used bicycle for sale. We provide service to the diverse, dynamic, and growing, Rainier Valley and surrounding neighborhoods. Bike Works promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities, with an environmental stewardship and social justice lens.
Experienced applicants are encouraged to send a resume to Kellen@bikeworks.org or drop off a copy at our storefront in Columbia City.
Thank you for Patching it Forward! By Patching it Forward, you are helping to cover the cost of 15 neighbors receive the tools & knowledge they need to be an empowered bike rider. Here is just one story of how your support makes a difference.
A story about Patching it Forward“At Bike Works we do many rides with youth, some youth have their own bike and helmet others do not so we supply
them. This may seem like a simple idea but at the heart of it, giving youth access to a bike and a supportive community starts breaking down barriers and opening people up to freedoms and opportunities they didn’t know were possible for them.
Street Burners, the name given to those who have completed a Bike Works mechanics class, go on organized outings to ride bikes, explore the city, and build community together. While on a taco ride, where we ride from taco truck to taco truck and eat food while exploring the city, one rider got a flat tire. It wasa slow leak so they pedaled on to the next block where the first taco truck stop was. I, as the staff leader for the trip, didn’t have a patch kit on me but thankfully someone in the group did.
We stopped at our first taco truck and instead of just one person assisting with the flat; the whole group pitched in to
help. One person got out a patch kit but the glue was dry, so another got out their patch kit, someone took off the tire and tube, another grabbed a rag and inspected the tire for any foreign objects while others took food orders as to not let the flat hinder our adventure. After all was said and done we carried on our taco eating and riding adventure.
A simple incident but a beautiful reminder that we are all on ajourney and sometimes you hit an obstacle and feel deflated. We all need that friend with a patch kit to help us get back in our saddle and inflate us again. Youth are on a journey and have obstacles that they have inherited such as lack of access to funds, foods, transportation. So a patch kit to me
means pitching in to help our fellow members of the community. And I am grateful for all those people patching it forward and making experiences and growth possible.”
For as little as $3.84 you can Patch it Forward to your neighbors in need.
For more information check out:
- This American Trails article
- The National Park Service Network to Freedom Program
- Biking Through Black History, a video from Adventure Cycling
Marylou Jackson, Velma Jackson, Ethyl Miller, Leolya Nelson and Constance White. In 1928, these 5 African American women rode 250 miles – from New York City to Washington, DC – in just 3 days! What inspired this journey? Simply the joy of bicycling!
History doesn’t tell us much about their adventure. Once in Washington, DC they went sightseeing and paused to take this photo for a local newspaper.
Historian Marya McQuirter shares what she learned while researching the social history of blacks in D.C. during the first half of the 20th century for her dissertation on an episode of the Bicycle Story. We do know that one rider worked at the Harlem YWCA and another at the Sargent School of Physical Training. It seems very likely that they were in the forefront of promoting women and bicycling access. Thank you for helping to pave the way!
Check out some of these great organizations who ride together for simply the joy of bicycling!
Now there’s Patch it Forward!
Not having access to the tools or knowledge to fix a flat is a significant barrier to your neighbors who rely on their bikes. You can be the difference between a neighbor getting where they need to go or being stranded with a flat.
Giving Self-Reliance & Confidence
#PatchitForward means celebrating the power learning to fix a flat. This is one of the first things taught in our classrooms because it builds confidence. It shows that you are capable of biking to wherever your legs can take you with the assurance that you can make it home again.
#PatchitForward keeps otherwise usable parts on the road and out of the trash. Rather than a one way path from department store to landfill, a patching a tube keeps useful things working as long as possible.
Being a part of something
#PatchitForward shows the importance of community. Help prevent someone from getting stranded by giving the tools and knowledge to fix their flat. It’s not about how much you give, it’s about being a part of something bigger than yourself.
“At Bike Works, one of the first skills we teach in any class is how to fix a flat tire. It may sound simple, but knowing how to patch a tube and replace a tire goes a long way towards feeling empowered and confident on the road.”
Make a gift in support of Bike Works programs & keep your neighbors rolling!
Homer and Tina, Bike Works staff, were featured in an article written by Agatha Pacheco for the South Seattle Emerald. Read their thoughts on the changing demographics of Columbia City over the past 14 years. Our new strategic plan renews the commitment of Bike Works to Southeast neighborhoods.
Support bicycle access, environmental stewardship, and youth empowerment by making a contribution today. Or get involved by coming to one of our weekly volunteer repair parties! All mechanical abilities are welcome.
“It’s always changing. The area has become so gentrified that who we were serving six years ago is totally different to who we are serving now,” [Homer] tells me.
He adds that throughout the years he’s seen his neighborhood becoming predominantly whiter and wealthier every day, displacing the low-income people in the area Bike Works aimed to help.
In tandem with the upcoming Annual Warehouse Sale, the Bike Works Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will be hosting a bake sale to raise travel funds for the Youth Bike Summit.
Youth Bike Summit is a unique opportunity for our youth to engage the local community and strengthen the national bicycle movement while learning the skills they need to become empowered bicycle leaders. It’s also an incredible chance for youth involved with Bike Works to form significant and impactful relationships within the larger cycling and advocacy community. This year, it will be hosted in Washington D.C. by Phoenix Bikes.
Come find the YAC at the warehouse and get some delectable homemade goodies to fuel your frenzy at Bike Works’ biggest sale of the year! Join us in supporting the ambitions of our youth THIS Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 4pm!
Want to know more?
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is made up of truly amazing Bike Works youth that are dedicated to facilitating conversation and decision making at Bike Works and reflect the wishes of Bike Works youth. They are driven and devoted to furthering the mission and vision of the Bike Works community. They are awesome!
Sun, January 15th
9pm – late
1020 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Bike Works Board member, Colina, invites you to celebrate her birthday at a very 90’s birthday party karaoke! Come sing your heart out with live bands at Stone Lounge in Bellevue. The party starts at 9 pm. Cover charge is $10 and all proceeds go to supporting Bike Works programs. Happy birthday Colina!
Wish Colina a happy birthday or RSVP on her Facebook event page!