Bikecitement! is Sunday, March 25, 2018 5-9pm at the Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center.
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.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
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 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:
Sunday – Tuesday: CLOSED
3715 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(Lower level, entrance in the rear, parking on the street)
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.
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.
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 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!
“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.
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.
Join Safe Routes to School and the BikeMobile for a free, family-friendly event to learn about Safe Routes to School and bike skills for kids of all ages.
There will be a Bike Rodeo, Music, Food and Scavenger Hunt on August 25th at Brighton Playfield! Safe Routes to School is kicking off the school year and helping families learn bike safety and skills and finding the safest routes to school.
The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is hosting the
free, family-friendly celebrations for kids of all ages! There’s a bike rodeo with skills course, a helmet giveaway, free snacks, prizes, scavenger hunt, music, storytime with Seattle Public Libraries, bike mechanics, and more.
Safe Routes to School & Bike Rodeo
August 25th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Brighton Playfield, 6000 39th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Summer is heating up Bike Works – literally! We are currently taking Popsicle and ice cream donations. Temperature jokes aside, it’s biking season, and the gears are turning at Bike Works.
Bike Works is receiving a record number of donations and making a record number of appearances at events. You can promote the bicycle as a vehicle for change in your community by volunteering with Bike Works! We have lots of ways to get involved. All mechanic experience levels are welcome – even no mechanic experience!
Volunteer in the Warehouse:
Do you have a favorite Do-It-Yourself storage solution? The Warehouse space is in need of your creativity and know-how to spruce up the retail space. Email Steve with your idea & to get started!
Bike Works is still receiving a record number of donations and we need your help to sort through all of the parts, clothes, frames, and other bike-related materials. No experience necessary. All bicycle knowledge levels are welcome. If you’re interested, sign up for a shift by clicking the button below!
Warehouse volunteers have the added perk of being at the heart of Bike Works. This is your opportunity to really see the life of a bicycle at Bike Works and contribute directly to the environmental stewardship of the organization.
Volunteer At upcoming events:
- Sounders Bicycle Parking on August 12th from 11am-4pm. Bike Works is offering FREE bicycle valet services at the Sounders vs. FC Kansas City match and we need your help to watch over these bikes!
- Big Day of Play on Saturday, August 19th from 1-4pm. This is an annual event put on by Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is at Rainier Playfields and Community Center – 4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle –
- Sounders Bicycle Parking on August 20th from 5-10pm. Bike Works is offering FREE bicycle valet services at the Sounders vs. Minnesota United FC match and we need your help to keep these bikes safe.
- Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Bike Night on Thursday, August 24th from 5-9pm. Bike valet & the BikeMobile.
- Bike for Water bike ride by MiiR and Water 1st International on Sunday, August 27th from 10am-Noon.
- Sounders Bicycle Parking on August 27th from 4:30-9:30pm. Bike Works is offering FREE bicycle valet services at the Sounders vs. Timbers match and we need your help to keep these bikes safe.
Volunteer in the office:
- The administrative office is looking for a volunteer to help keep us organized. If organizing office supplies is satisfying for you then please come help us! This opportunity is flexible. Email Deb@Bikeworks.org for more information.
Volunteer Repair Parties:
- Volunteer Repair Parties (VRP) are drop-in, weekly bike repair parties for adults (age 18 and up). You do not need to be a skilled bike mechanic to help out. They happen Thursdays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and Sundays from 10am to 1pm.
This fall, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) came together and made this awesome, “I Bike Because” video to highlight bicycling in the Rainier Valley.
I Bike Because
More about the YAC
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!
The YAC are the young leaders and mentors at Bike Works. They are active members in their community, volunteering at events like Kids Bike-o-Rama (Pictured: Noah and Erika volunteering at Kids Bike-o-Rama. Erika is wearing her YAC sweatshirt, designed by the youth themselves!), acting as peer mentors at Bike Works drop-in mechanic sessions, and representing Seattle on the national Youth Bicycle Summit.
Youth Bicycle Summit
Every year, a group of young leaders head to the National Youth Bike Summit to have their voices heard and represent Seattle at the national level.
The 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.
When we support each other we can all achieve more. You can support our young leaders by making a contribution today. Your contribution will directly support the leadership development intrinsic in Bike Works programming.
Bike Works is hosting BambuHub for a 3-day bamboo bike workshop this summer July 28-30 with John Climaco, an experienced bamboo craftsman. John has collaborated with the renowned Craig Calfee and has been building bamboo bikes for the past 10 years in the US and the Philippines.
Bamboo is a sustainable, high performance material, that also makes for beautiful, one of a kind frames.
The small workshop is $650 and includes 3 full days of bike building, breakfast, lunch and camaraderie. With a max of 5 students per workshop, these classes fill up quickly.
For more on Bamboo bikes, check out this informative article in Momentum Mag.
For questions please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org