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.
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.
“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.
Two people are staring intently at a bicycle in a repair stand. They are wearing gloves, holding rags, and in what looks like a shop.
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
Two youth sit side by side behind a table smiling at the camera. The table is barely visible under all of the paperwork. There is a parking lot in the background.
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.
A blue flyer has a picture of two people laying pieces together on a white page in what appears to be the beginning of a bike. Another picture shows a complete bamboo bike. Details for the workshop are on the bottom half of the page.
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.
Earn-a-Bike alert! Claudia Tamez is a Brownsville resident who wanted to ride her bike in her seemingly bike unfriendly city. Listen to her TED Talk about finding a community through bicycling, the evolution of the Brownsville bicycle movement, and the Brownsville Bike Barn Earn-a-Bike program. This is what biking is all about.
A flier depicting a spin off of the Bike Works logo. The main figure is wearing a red superhero cape and holding up a bicycle, looking heroic. Three silhouettes raise tools to the sky in the background.
Open Shop and VRP are both Cancelled Sunday for the ride.