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
For more information check out:
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!
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.
#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.
#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.”
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!
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!
[Image Description: Three adults gather around a bicycle wheel. The person on the far right is holding the wheel, demonstrating mechanics on the center of the wheel. The other two adults watch with aprons on and heads bent over the wheel.]
[Image Description: A young rider smiles while steering a blue bicycle with a blue ribbon tied to the black handlebars. In front, the top of an orange caution cone is visible with the word “test” hanging from it. The kid is bundled in a dark, puffy coat and two older youth stand behind watching.]
[Image Description: A group of girls in an array of brightly colored clothing stand together, looking at the camera. They are holding pieces of a bicycle together to make the shape of a bike. Two girls are sitting on the floor, one is holding the front wheel and the other is holding the crank.]
Your support made it possible to accomplish some amazing things in 2016:
7,000 used bicycles were rescued from the waste stream
Over 1,250 youth participated in Bike Works programs
Over 700 low-income youth and adults gained access to a working bicycle
And so much more!
to some of the Bike Works partners that made this year extra special
[Image Description: A collage of logos ranging from large at the top (Washington Bike Law) to smaller at the bottom. In order from top to bottom, left to right: Washington Bike Law, Washington Health Plan Finder, Total Reclaim, MiiR, Evo, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vulcan, GLY Construction, Washington Federal, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Children’s, Obliteride, Ecotope, Garage, and Alpha Graphics.]
Bike Works has over 92 community partners. Each partnership is unique and allows us to do what we do best – use the bicycle as a vehicle for positive change. This heart warming email to the Van Asselt Elementary School staff highlights what we love about these partnerships.
I’ve been partnering with Bike Works, a local bike shop in Columbia City, for the last 5 years to get Van Asselt students free bicycles. Wednesday afternoon was our most recent clinic. During the clinics, Bike Works staff come to Van Asselt and lead bike skills & safety drills where kids practice riding through an obstacle course, learn road safety and hand signals. They also learn how to do a pre-ride “ABC safety check” (air in the tires, brakes working, chain tight) to make sure their bikes are safe and functioning correctly. At the end of the clinic, they get to keep a free BMX bike, helmet and bike lock.
This time around we had 6 kids participate, three 5th graders and three 4th graders.
|[Image Description: Two youth stand side by side in helmets in the school gym, the shiny wood floor and compressed bleachers visible behind. Both looking at the camera, excited and also a little timid. The student on the right is wearing a gray long sleeved tee with a black and red-pinstriped sports jersey over the top and a matte black helmet. The student on the left is wearing a navy long sleeved shirt with a navy & white horizontal striped shirt layered on top and a shiny black helmet.]||[Image Description: A student sits atop a black BMX bike with their feet and kickstand both on the ground. Wearing jeans, a navy hoodie with a neon green design, and a shiny black helmet, his cheeks are puffed in concentration. He stares at the bicycle tire just visible in front of him. Another youth on a red bike is visible in the background , with one leg on the pedal and the other on the floor he is preparing to take off.]||[Image Description: A youth rides toward the camera on a blue BMX bike, looking past a cone on the ground that sits to his left. He is smiling, wearing jeans, and a olive and rust colored camo sweatshirt. He is riding in a gym, the shiny wood floor reflecting light. There are other kids on bikes off in the far corner of the picture with some adults talking them through their ride.]|
Actually, this was part of the obstacle course – kids had to take one hand off the bars and look back over their shoulder to identify which sign the adult was holding (car, bus, cow). Now I know why the call him “Mr Moo”!
[Image Description: An adult looks at the camera, mouth upturned in a smile, holding a sign with the silhouette of a cow on it. The sign is large, covering most of his chest. He has light brown hair and is wearing a bright green and blue scarf]
Bike Works is a local bike shop in Columbia City (on S Ferdinand St, right around the corner from the Columbia City Bakery). It’s a pretty unique organization in that they have a huge focus on education and empowerment of youth. They offer many youth (and adult) classes and lead many bicycling events/rides. They also have a very successful recycle & reuse program.One more pic. Here’s what I saw on my way into the building yesterday:
William rode his new bike to school the next morning! That’s what this program is all about.
All for now,
[Van Asselt Educator]
It takes valuable staff time and resources to prepare these bikes for their new homes, to deliver them to the school, and to host educational (and fun!) bicycle rodeos so that the students feel confident riding their bicycle. Your support keeps these empowering programs pedaling – thank you.
The December Kids Bike-O-Rama this past Saturday was a huge success! 150 delighted South Seattle Children received free bikes and helmets. There was even a bit of snow to add to the magic. Your ongoing support makes these giveaways possible.