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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.

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]

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!

Safe Routes to School & Bike Rodeo

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

August Volunteer Opportunities at Bike Works

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.

Sign Up

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.

Learn More or Sign Up

Volunteer in the office:

 

Volunteer

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.

Learn More

 

 

Youth Advocacy In Action: I Bike Because

Youth Advocacy

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

Progs: Noah & Erica at Kids Bike-o-Rama

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.

Make a Gift Now!

Bamboo Bike Workshop Come to Bike Works

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.

Register Online

For more on Bamboo bikes, check out this informative article in Momentum Mag.

For questions please contact Amy at amy.villanueva@presidio.edu