Bike Works Board Member Jess Kim on bands, SDOT, and her Bike Life Trifecta

By Ted Cox

Bike Works Board Member Jess Kim is a Bay Area transplant, a multi-modal engineer for the Seattle Department of Transportation, and plays in local pop-rock band Coach Phillips. Jess and her SDOT team are responsible for designing roadway infrastructure in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan and building connections to existing and future bicycling facilities in Seattle.

A bike ride led to Jess eventually joining the Bike Works Board. This Sunday, July 29, she’s bringing together bikes, bands, and (cold) brews for Bands for Bike Works at Conduit Coffee Company on Westlake Ave N, just south of the Fremont Bridge.

As she told a former coworker, “My bike life trifecta has finally come together: I work in bikes, I ride bikes, and I volunteer for bikes. Everything has somehow come together.”

Ted Cox (left), Jess Kim (center) and friend Lisa Choi (right) hanging out at Bike Works Eleven Winery event on July 22

How did you get involved with Bike Works?

I went on a bike ride — stopping at all the donut shops — for a friend’s birthday the first year I moved to Seattle. One of the people on that birthday ride works at Bike Works — Mike Buendia, he works at the warehouse — and so we got to talking. I was looking for opportunities to volunteer with an organization that worked in bicycle advocacy and education, similar to Bike East Bay in the Bay Area where I helped draft preliminary plan proposals.

I was immediately drawn to Bike Works and their mission to empower youth through bikes and foster strong communities.

My initial thought was to be a volunteer at Bike Works’ Volunteer Repair Parties and learn some grease monkey skills while helping a good cause, and found myself sitting among the Bike Works Board — a role I have no previous experience in, but figured why not give it a go. While I haven’t been able to make it out to a repair party just yet, I have been an active Board Member getting involved with different committees and organizing a cultivation event which is Bands for Bike Works!

 

Tell me about Bands for Bike Works.

I got the idea, I guess, because I’m in one of the bands that’s playing. We’re called Coach Philips. I love planning events and bringing people together. When I was in Oakland I helped organize a local festival down there and part of my role was to book and manage the entertainment.

And so an event like Bands for Bike Works seemed fitting. I just figured I’d bring in the music community with the bicycling community into this ultimate event.


And coffee on top of that.

And coffee! Exactly! Yeah, a lot of different communities coming together all for Bike Works.


What else should people know about this Sunday?

There’s going to a bike drive where you can bring us your old bikes as well. And a bike valet, too. Conduit Coffee Company is right on Westlake Ave N next to the Westlake Cycle Track, so we’re hoping to pull some Sunday strolling families in to learn all about the amazing programs at Bike Works and listen to some music. It’s a family-friendly event.

We’re getting donated beer from Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, that’s up in Greenwood, cider from Seattle Cider Co. in Georgetown, bubblies from DRY Soda Company, and cold brew coffee from Conduit. Neema’s Comfort soul food truck will be on-site and there’s also going to be a raffle. And live music. And all the bikey people. There’s a lot happening that day.


Bands for Bike Works

Sunday, July 29

12 p.m. to 4pm.

Entry for $5, or $20 for entry and a bag of Conduit coffee beans.

Get tickets here

 

Lineup

12:30 – -1:10 PM: – Tina! (solo)

“Tina! is two inherently nice adults from Seattle, WA playing indie rock featuring powerful soaring vocals.”

1:30 – 2:10 PM – Coach Phillips

Coach Phillips is a Seattle-based indie pop/rock band playing hand-crafted jammers of “…an infectious sound oozing positivity.” – XuneMag (2018)

2:15 – 2:30 PM Musical interlude by Elise & Phil Hirschi

2:30 – 3:10 PM – Sour Notes

“Sour Notes is a pop punk band from Seattle, WA formed by four friends who realized they liked writing catchy songs about being bitter.”

3:20 – 3:45 PM – PUKE

PUKE is a punk ukulele duo. Enough said.

Coach Phillips’ song VHS Dating was voted one of NPR Music​’s top 10 Heavy Rotation songs in May! Check out the video below:

Ted Cox is a technical writer and Bike Works volunteer. He likes burritos and bikes and riding bikes to go eat burritos.

Warehouse/Open Shop Hours Changed for Upcoming Saturday

The Bike Works Warehouse will be open 2 hours later than usual on Saturday, April 28. The Warehouse retail space, and Open Shop will be open to the public from 2pm-5pm. Regular Saturday hours, 12-5pm, will resume the following week. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for understanding. Love you. Bye.

Passion. Determination. Grit. We see it every day.

We are so grateful that Zoe and Marcus have dedicated their time and energy to our community. The passion they each exude is a testament to each of them and to the power of the bicycle as a vehicle for change.

In Marcus’ words, “Bike Works is a place where you can come and meet people, and those people can possibly turn into your friends that you talk to on a daily basis. It’s like a second family.”

Thank you, Marcus, Zoe, Marla, Tim, Shawna, and Tina, for sharing your experiences, and being part of the Bike Works family. We are all better for knowing you.

The Bikecitement! Hot Sheet Has Arrived

Get pumped for the Bikecitement! Annual Fundraising Dinner presented by Washington Bike Law! It’s coming up on Sunday, March 25th, 2018.

Here are just some of the fabulous prizes that will be up for auction at Bikecitement! All of the proceeds benefit Bike Works’ youth & adults programs and environmental stewardship efforts. Start planning your next vacation or your next bicycle and raise that paddle high!


Fabulous Fuso Road Bike

This fabulous Fuso was hand-made by renowned bike builder Dave Moulton as one of a limited series of frames. A very high-end build for its era, it features Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs, Simplex retrofriction shift levers (highly regarded by friction shift lovers!), and classic wheels that are all in excellent condition.

Dave Moulton started building frames in England before immigrating to the US in 1979 to serve customers here, including the 1980 US Olympic Team. He has expressed great delight at the restoration of this bike thanks to two outstanding Bike Works volunteers! The winner will get the full restoration story of this bike including how to become part of the Fuso community.

Value: $1,900

Restrictions: No returns or exchanges. This is a 53cm frame and will fit a rider from 5’6″-5’7”.

Thank you: Friends of Bike Works


Shred the Gnar with Friends

 

Enjoy a full day of snowboarding lessons on the mountains for you and three friends! Head to the resort of your choice (Snoqualmie Pass or Stevens Pass) for four hours of lessons with an instructor from the Service Board. This amazing package includes lift tickets, gear rental, and fittings for four people.

Value: $600

Restrictions: Must be 15 years or older. Excludes major holidays; does not include transportation to the mountain. Fitting sessions for gear rental must be scheduled prior to the snowboarding day with the Service Board instructor. Lesson must be booked on mutual agreeable dates; valid through March 25th, 2019.

Thank you: The Service Board


Six Nights in Suncadia

The hit of Bikecitement! last year is back! This comfortable, family-friendly home has easy access to all that Suncadia has to offer. Just 75 miles from Seattle, this luxury home sleeps 10-12 in four large bedrooms and boasts three baths, an expansive patio with gas fire pit, and a hot tub that will make your stay memorable. Nestled in a private setting of mature pines and firs and just five minutes from historic Roslyn. Perfect for a multi-family getaway, spa weekend, golf outing, or bike adventure with friends.

Value: $4,500

Restrictions: Good for a six-night stay overlapping one weekend on non-holiday weeks. Subject to availability and mutually agreed upon dates; non-transferable; expires March 25th, 2019.

Thank you: Shana & Brett Kruse and Mike & Kelly Stevens


Sounders Suite for 16

Win a Sounders Suite

Scarves up! Watch the Seattle Sounders in style on September 29th as they take on the Colorado Rapids. Invite up to 16 friends to the ultimate matchday experience! Enjoy a private entrance, private seating, an in-suite restroom, luxury furnishing, flat screen televisions, exclusive access to Club Level and Lofts during the match, outstanding matchday service with a great view of the pitch and dedicated staff for special requests. Also includes four parking passes.

Value: $3,000

Restrictions: 16 tickets included, 12 seats in the suite plus standing room. Valid for Saturday, September 29th at 1pm for the Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids match. The tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Suite tickets cannot be resold.

Thank you: Sounders FC


Diamondback Fat Tire Bike

This fat bike is as much fun to ride as it looks! You’ll be able to perform feats of superhuman riding on this strong and lightweight aluminum frame with a 100mm travel Rockshox fork and a smooth-shifting Shimano 2×10 drivetrain. This bike excels in sand or snow, two Pacific Northwest adventures waiting to happen. But you don’t have to wait for sand or snow to experience the amazing traction of these tires – take a spin on your favorite local trail. This is a small, 16” frame for a rider 5’4”-5’7” tall.

Value:  $1,500

Restrictions: No returns or exchanges.

Thank you: Friends of Bike Works


Luxurious Seven-Day Cruise for Two

When you step aboard one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line, you will experience a voyage unlike any other. You can choose a cruise for two for a trip up to seven days to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico or Canada/New England. Your journey will include extraordinary dining, a spacious stateroom, elegant surroundings, days filled with new discoveries, and gracious pampering by an award-winning crew.

Value: $3,500

Restrictions: May not be used for Alaska CruiseTours, World Cruises, Holiday Cruises (Christmas and New Year’s) or Grand Voyages. Certificate may be applied to other cruise trades at an additional cost. Good for one minimum unobstructed ocean view stateroom. Guest is responsible for taxes and onboard charges (example fees from 2016 were between $107 and $151 per person). Certificate is non-commissionable, non-refundable, has no cash redemption value, is non-transferable, and cannot be resold. Stateroom upgrades are commissionable. Certificate has no expiration date.

Thank you: Friends of Bike Works


It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Round-Trip Airfare for Two!

Grab your best friend and head off on a birthday adventure, give your favorite graduates a fun trip for two, or plan a couple of solo adventures to treat yourself! The possibilities are endless with these two coach vouchers from Alaska Airlines. There are no blackout dates, so plan your trip tonight!

Value: $2,500

Restrictions: Two round-trip coach tickets valid (almost!) anywhere Alaska Airlines and Virgin America fly (excludes flights to Cuba). No blackout dates applied. Vouchers must be ticketed prior to 3/25/2019.

Thank you: Alaska Airlines


Dahon x Kukuxumusu Sheep Folding Bike

There’s no need to feel sheepish about the unique paint job on this Dahon folding bicycle. The art on the frame was designed by the internationally recognizable Kukuxumusu drawing and ideas factory. There are only 1,000 of these baaaaad boys on the road. Equipped with a 3-speed internal hub and fenders this is a casual commuter cruise waiting for someone 5’3″-5’6” to take it home.

Value: $420

Restrictions: No returns or exchanges.

Thank you: Friends of Bike Works


Party in a Heart Shaped Box

Throw it way back with Seattle’s very own Heart Shaped Boxes—a premier all-female Nirvana cover band. They’ll play an hour set at your party, wedding, or other special gathering of your choosing.

Value: $750

Thank you: Heart Shaped Boxes, Reese Tanimura, and Shelley “TREX” Tran

Restrictions: Must be for a mutually agreeable time; expires March 25th, 2019.


Don’t miss your chance to get tickets to Bikecitement! This will sell out!

Get Your Tickets Now!

Patch it Forward: Jess’ Story

Jess joined the team in January as the Development Director. It only took one mishap of an adventure to show her how we Patch it Forward at Bike Works.

It was Jess’ third day of work and she was ready to roll off to the annual staff retreat. At such a fast moving organization as ours, with a bike shop, classes, the BikeMobile, offsite programming, and so much more, the retreat is a rare moment when the entire staff gets to be in the same room together. It’s also means that we get to ride our bikes together!

As Jess was eager to connect with her new colleagues, she volunteered to meet them in the International District to bike to the retreat in West Seattle together. It was one of those soaking wet rides that makes for good story but only well after everyone is dry and warm. Not only did it dump buckets the whole way over, the bike train also took a wrong turn which took them up a particularly steep hill. Jess arrived at Camp Long soaked but cheery.

After a day of planning, bonding, and drying off, Jess and the Bike Works crew hit the road, branching off from one another to take their various routes home. It was on the dark return trip that Jess felt her bike wobbling. She looked down and saw the flattest, saddest tire. Luckily, she was within walking distance from home so she trudged inside, warmed up, and forgot about the whole endeavor.

Two weeks later at a staff meeting, Jess mentioned her flat tire at the group check in. A chorus of “me too”s went around the table. Almost every single person who biked to and from the staff retreat got a flat that night, we were baffled. What are the odds?

It was the flat tire that inspired Jess to bring her bicycle in to the community bike shop for a full tune-up and the wider tires for which she’d been dreaming.

Jess realized how fortunate she is to work at an organization that understands running late to patch a flat tire. Not everyone has that and not everyone can afford a full tune up or even a patch kit to get back on the road quickly. That’s why Bike Works exists—to promote the bicycle as a vehicle for everyone.

Patch it Forward is about helping each other out. It’s the Bike Works way of paying it forward. You too can celebrate the power of our community by Patching it Forward. Make a gift of $4.40 in support of Bike Works. It covers the cost of a patch kit for the next time someone needs one.

Patch it Forward

Meet our Bikecitement! Superheroes

There are so many superheroes in the Bike Works family! In honor of the Bikecitement! Annual Fundraising Dinner coming up March 25th, 2018 we are celebrating some of those superheroes.

Bikecitement! is Sunday, March 25, 2018 5-9pm at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center.

Learn More about Bikecitement!

Meet Our Superheroes!


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Firebird Sweets is a new business near Ikea and they are donating a superhero dessert to the Dessert Dash! They believe very strongly in giving back to their communities and they love to do what they can when they can. Bonus: The baker will be at Bikecitement! so get there early to scope out all the tasty treats. 

[Image Description: Jess is outfitted in riding gear and a helmet leaning in front of her bike flexing her right arm while smiling into the camera. There are mountains and trees in the background showing that she’s done a heroic ride! The text in the image is a summary of what’s below.]

Jess supports Bike Works as a Board Member to work toward equitable intersectionality of cultural backgrounds, gender, age, and riding styles withing the cycling community. When she’s not riding, working, at a Board meeting, or hosting a table at Bikecitement!, catch her rocking out with her band Coach Phillips at venues throughout Seattle.


Seattle Center Auction Event Bikecitement

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Kristin is a grandmother and table captain. She supports Bike Works because it offers her granddaughter the opportunity to break gender barriers and include girls in engineering!

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This superhero is a long time Bike Works team member, artist, and rock star mechanic. You might know him as Mike. We know him as THE WAREHOUSE WIZARD for all that he does to keep the Bike Works Warehouse rolling.

evo Volunteer Day at Bike Works

This is a guest post from Marie-Antoinette Cruz, one of the outstanding team members at evo that volunteered their time at Bike Works. Thanks to Marie & the entire evo team!


I am not a cyclist. My bicycle and I have a lukewarm relationship at best. However, I work on the technology team at evo.com and am surrounded by coworkers who talk about biking all the time. So when the team was given the opportunity to volunteer at Bike Works for a day, helping prepare for their upcoming Warehouse Sale, it was too good for us to pass up.

Our day started with a tour of Bike Works’ full-service community bike shop, classrooms, warehouse space, and the BikeMobile (Bike Works’ repair shop on wheels). Julie, the Donor Relationships Manager, gave us a great introduction to what Bike Works has done over the years and shared information about their various programs. It was hearing about the Earn-A-Bike program that left the biggest impression on me. I remember thinking, if I had access to the same kind of program growing up, I might have a healthier relationship with my bike today. It was so cool to see a program that taught youth practical bike skills and, more importantly, fostered confidence, community, and accountability in a context that young people could be passionate about.

Over one hundred bicycles are neatly stacked against each other awaiting their new owners at Bike Works' Annual Warehouse Sale

[Image Description: Over one hundred bicycles are neatly stacked against each other awaiting their new owners at Bike Works’ Annual Warehouse Sale – evo Volunteer Day at Bike Works]

We spent the rest of the day working with the Recycle & Reuse team (Steve, Mike, and Seth) helping prepare bikes for the Annual Warehouse Sale. Before that day, the only thing I’d ever modified on a bike was lowering the seat (I am not a tall person), but I spent that whole afternoon removing pedals and loosening and turning handlebars so more bikes could be stored in the days leading up to the sale. Taking off pedals and turning handlebars might not sound like much, but for me it was another opportunity to grow and learn about something I knew nothing about.

I had so much fun working with the Bike Works team that I decided to volunteer the following Saturday at the sale as well. While there, I met an older gentleman who was an active mentor/teacher in Bike Works classes. We both were helping out in the clothing section, so we spent most of the afternoon together. He told me about the work he did at Bike Works, how being a cyclist had impacted his personal life, and shared some of the adventures he’d encountered along the way. Listening to him, I sensed a great deal of knowledge, experience, and an extension of the Bike Works community. When I told him about my lack of experience with bicycles, he encouraged me to attend a Volunteer Repair Party. It was this simple, welcoming gesture that really made my experience that Saturday afternoon feel so uplifting, as if there was no limit to how much I could learn spending time with this community.

I am grateful for my experience volunteering at Bike Works. It was a lovely introduction to an amazing organization rooted in community; one that is excited to share its awareness, know-how, passion, and love for all things bicycle!

– Marie-Antoinette Cruz

Group shot of the evo technology team - evo Volunteer Day at Bike Works

[Image Description: Group shot of the evo technology team. People are gathered around holding tools, smiling, and/or giving a thumbs up. Behind them to the right, you can see stacks and stacks of bicycles. – evo Volunteer Day at Bike Works]

Exciting News from the Warehouse

The Warehouse Sale was a huge success! Thank you for supporting your local bicycle nonprofit while getting some great deals. Lots of folks left Bike Works with new DIY projects, refurbished & ready-to-ride bicycles, and big smiles. However, the Warehouse is full again! We are trying to come up with solutions to our relentless storage and processing conundrums, which brings us to our exciting announcement:

Warehouse DIY Sale success.

[Image Description: Two people hold a blue bicycle without wheels above their heads. They look triumphant, like they scored a great deal at a sale.]

Warehouse Now Open Wednesdays

In addition to being open on Saturdays, the Warehouse will be open to the public on Wednesdays from 12pm-5pm. Come check out a DIY-ers dream.

That means the warehouse hours are now:

Hours

Sunday – Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: Noon-5pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: Noon-5pm

Location

3715 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(Lower level, entrance in the rear, parking on the street)
(206) 257-5895

What’s coming down the road

Keep your eyes peeled for a new monthly flash sale. The “Bike Works Bargain Bins” will offer multiple bins worth of unwanted items at a fraction of the cost.

Did you know that Bike Works is one of the largest bicycle recycle operations in the country? Our Recycle & Reuse department processes over 7,000 every year. That’s a lot of bicycles being diverted from the waste stream! Some of those bikes are in good enough repair to go into our classrooms or refurbished for the bike shop. A lot of the bicycles & parts that we collect are redistributed to international bike organizations, local artists, or upcycle partners.

Donate a bike to Bike Works and make an impact with your bicycle.

Steve at Stoked Spoke Adventure Series

Come on out to Stoked Spoke Adventure Series next Wednesday, January 31st and listen to Steve speak about his 6 years of racing the Car-Free Ski to Sea!

Steve is the Recycle & Reuse Assistant Manager at Bike Works whose passion for the environment, community, and adventure shines through in everything he does. Bike Works is so excited to hear him share his story and we think that you should be excited about it, too.

Stoked Spoke Swift Industries Steve Gadingan

Ski to Sea

The Ski to Sea is a seven leg relay race between the Mt. Baker Ski Area and Bellingham. The legs include skiing, snowboarding, biking, canoeing, and kayaking which means that there is a lot of gear to haul. The Car-Free division means that you are using bicycles to transport that gear.

Want to read more about Steve’s epic adventures? Come on down to the Rhino Room (click for map).  It’s 21+ only. Can’t make it? Read this awesome write up by the Mount Baker Experience.

Stoked Spoke

Stoked Spoke is hosted by Swift Industries. Each evening highlights four to six self supported bike camping routes complete with maps, slideshow and planning tips. Once all of the presentations are finished, each presenter will host an information table where they will answer individual questions and have maps of region they explored.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

See you there!

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I’ve never owned a bike and hadn’t ridden one in 30 years.  I wanted a bike so that I could build up my healthy habits.  My friends tell me that they see a transformation in me already.”

That is what Carl told Bike Works earlier this year. He is one of hundreds of adults to receive a bike through Bike Works’ Bikes-for-All! program in 2017. Carl learned about Bikes-for-All! at Recovery Café, an organization that works with people experiencing homelessness and/or addiction.

After Carl received his bike he became interested in learning how to fix and maintain it. He began to attend Bike Works’ volunteer drop-in parties on Thursdays and Sundays. Now he says, “I try to come every week. I’m learning to work on kids’ bikes . . . I wish Bike Works had been around when my kids were young. I would have loved to get them on bikes and to have ridden as a family.” Carl has refurbished 10 youth bikes so far. After being safety checked by a staff mechanic they will be on their way to children from low-income families through Bike Works’ Kids Bike-o-Rama giveaway program.Free bicycles for adults in Seattle Washington

For more than 20 years, Bike Works’ core commitment has remained the same – to get bikes into the hands of those who need them, while diverting thousands of pounds from the waste stream each year. In 2016 Bike Works collected over 7,500 unwanted bicycles from throughout Seattle. To us, they represent opportunity.

No matter what path a bike takes once it gets to Bike Works, it becomes a vehicle for making positive community change. These reclaimed bikes increase access to earth-friendly, low-cost transportation. They engage youth, and people of all ages, in healthy activity, while nurturing self-confidence, determination, and leadership. They build community connections across racial, ethnic, language, gender, sexual-identity, religious, and socioeconomic differences.

In the last 10 years Bike Works has increased the number of youth served by 350%. Every year our participants cycle more than 6,500 miles, and donate more than 10,000 volunteer hours. Last year, through our Bike Giveaway programs, we put over 700 bikes into the hands of people like Carl. And, our efforts extend well beyond our own walls. Through partnerships with 60+ organizations such as Seattle public schools, and community organizations such as Friends of Youth and Coyote Central, we facilitate programs and leadership opportunities and teach young people how to build and appreciate riding and repairing bikes at sites throughout the Seattle Metropolitan area.

Your generosity will keep bicycle wheels spinning all around our community! In 2018 we are on track to achieve even more, but only with your help. Please give more opportunities to youth and adults to participate in Bike Works’ programs by giving a gift of $250 or more today! We anticipate that over 2,500 youth and adults will be impacted next year through Bike Works programming, and with your support we plan to meet 100% of that need.

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