Tomorrow Bike Works is joining more than 1,000 local nonprofits for GiveBIG to help make the Seattle area a stronger, more vibrant community. Your gift can make a BIG impact in lives of the youth and adults who need the transformative power of the bicycle.
Bike Works secured $20,500 in matching funds and we need your help to secure these funds!
A BIG thank you to our GiveBIG Bike Works matching pool donors: Larry Engel, Donna Sakson, Becky Chan, and Crispin Wilson-Olsen! These supporters doubled or tripled their annual gifts to Bike Works in hopes of inspiring you, their fellow Bike Works stewards, to donate as well. Please consider joining Larry, Donna, Becky, and Crispin by giving a BIG gift of $125 or more to Bike Works!
Have you ever had your bike stolen? Do you manage a bike shop?
Help fight back against bike theft! Join us for a panel discussion on bike theft and indexing on May 16 at Metier. The region’s leading experts on addressing bike theft will discuss the current state of the problem and what we can do about it.
Show-up before 6:30 p.m. to get your beers and food and settle down. Listen to the panelists’ presentations for about an hour. Participate in a moderated Q&A for the last 20 minutes. Then stick around after 8 p.m to continue the conversation over drinks.
Earlier in the day on May 16, Bryan Hance of Bike Index, Brock Howell of Bicycle Security Advocates, and the Seattle Police Department will make a special briefing to the Seattle City Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee on bike theft and indexing.
Would your organization/business like to also co-sponsor by telling your e-newsletter list or social media followers about the event? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
The Seattle Channel featured Bike Works! In their own words, “There are a number of Seattleites who use a bicycle as a mode of transportation, but gaining access to one isn’t always easy. For the last 20 years, the Seattle non-profit Bike Works has been helping to connect riders and bikes through low- or no-cost ownership programs. Plus, they teach youth and adults to build and repair bikes for themselves and others. And they’ve picked up some pretty dedicated volunteers along the way.”
The Summer Kids Bike-o-Rama is right around the corner. On June 11th, Bike Works will be giving away a whole bunch of bikes to a whole bunch of kids! Want to learn more about Kids Bike-o-Rama? Check out this very informative article from Resource Talk. The Resource Talk blog is the social service news destination for King County, brought to you by King County 2-1-1. It provides critical resource changes, community events, feature articles on important health and human service topics.
Learn more about Kids Bike-o-Rama and Bike Works’ other bike giveaway programs for youth:
This month, Deb Salls, the Executive Director of Bike Works was honored in the Superhero issue of ParentMap Magazine. Read the full article here.
Deb moved to Seattle just for Bike Works in 2011 and she truly embodies Bike Works’ mission- building sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. Her whole career has been dedicated to youth empowerment & building community. Not only does Deb serve as the Executive Director of Bike Works, she volunteers her time and expertise on the boards of numerous Seattle organizations like the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, which is dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. She is a connector who strengthens our entire community.
In true Bike Works fashion, when Deb was invited to come in for a head shot for the Superheroes issue she immediately reached out to Youth Programs for inspiration. The Girls’ RIDES Club (Ride, Investigate, Discover, Environment, Society) came to the rescue with the same flair of creativity and leadership encouraged in all of our classes. The result landed these young women, decked out as bicycle superheroes, the cover of the magazine.
RIDES Club is a program designed to encourage youth from diverse backgrounds to get on their bikes and keep pedaling. This is an eight week program for youth who want to increase their road riding skills and get out and explore their communities. Youth explore the urban environment by bicycle and create their own maps of the city.
Bike Works youth programs foster leadership development and critical thinking by providing a safe environment for youth to plan and reflect upon their decisions. Girls’ RIDES Club created their own agenda, which included a hot-cocoa ride to independent coffee shops and a nature scavenger hunt around Seward Park. As a group they learn to ride safely, support one another, explore their surroundings, and have fun!
Bike Works is about building the skills and community so that youth (and adults!) can go out and feel empowered to ride on their own. In the instance of Girls’ RIDES club, two youth who observe Sabbath on Saturdays, Bike Works’ busy day for clubs and group rides, have started their own Girls Bike Club. For almost a year, they have been meeting and riding as a group of 6 on Sundays. These young leaders took initiative, tapped into the core of their community, and are using the bicycle as a vehicle for change. Bike Works is even looking into the feasibility of Sunday programming for 2017. It’s about youth doing it for themselves. It’s about building community & promoting cycling because we are our own superheroes, just like Deb.
To learn more about RIDES Club or to enroll in the next camp, check out the Youth Programs Page.
Bike Works is thrilled to have PCC right around the corner in Columbia City. We are even more thrilled to partner with PCC through the Scrip Card Program. Purchase one of our $25 scrip cards at the Bike Works Community Bike Shop and use the card at any PCC. The card card can be recharged both in stores or online.
Every time you reload your card, PCC will donate 5% to Bike Works. Now that is building sustainable community.