Updated: March 2013
Community Cycles is a nonprofit organization of bicycle enthusiasts whose mission is to educate and advocate for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, viable and sustainable means of transportation and personal enjoyment within our community.
Community Cycles provides re-cycled bikes and a welcoming space to learn about bicycle repair, maintenance and operation through outreach and advocacy activities.
Community Cycles serves a wide range of people in the Boulder community, but focuses on low-income individuals and work release program inmates from the county jail, as well as college students and others who are interested in commuting via bicycle. In addition, Community Cycles supports schools, businesses or other organizations interested in establishing a bike fleet program.
Community Cycles Programs
Community Bike Shop - Our community bike shop is open to anyone who wants to learn to fix bikes. Community Cycles members, program graduates and the general public are encouraged to use the shop to keep their bikes in working order. We also sell affordable used bikes and parts in this shop. The community bike shop is the space in which many of our bicycle programs are conducted.
Earn-A-Bike (EAB) - Participants (16 years and older) spend 15 hours small group instruction refurbishing bikes at our community bike shop in exchange for a quality refurbished bicycle, accessories, and repair instruction. The EAB program attracts students, low-income residents, homeless, County Jail inmates and others. Graduation rates for the program were 50 in 2006, 150 in 2007, 233 in 2008, 212 in 2009, 210 in 2010, 197 in 2011, and 168 in 2012.
Work Release Earn-A-Bike - In partnership with the Boulder County Jail, inmates in the Work Release Program are allowed access to our Earn-A-Bike program, which furnishes them with quality working bicycles and mechanical instruction.
Rolling Bike Clinics (RBC's) - RBC's are bicycle powered mobile bike shops designed to fix broken bikes in low income neighborhoods in Boulder. Volunteer bike mechanics load our large capacity bike trailers with all the tools and parts needed for a mobile bike shop. We then ride to a neighborhood, set up shop and fix bikes for a day. Clinics are accompanied by a bicycle safety rodeo as well as a neighborhood ride highlighting local bike infrastructure.
Bike Ambassador Program - Community Cycles Bike Ambassadors do safety and bike commuter training in the community, at local employment centers and in BVSD schools. The “Lighten Up Boulder” and “Mind the Crosswalk” campaigns are conducted by the Bike Ambassadors.
PedalSmart - The PedalSmart program works with local companies to get more employees biking. Participating companies get free bike workshops on commuting and bike maintenance. After completing a workshop, employees get a free bike tune-up.
Bike Rack Program - In partnership with the city of Boulder, Community Cycles offers low cost bike racks, assistance of site placement of racks and installation.
Bike Fleets/ Libraries-Community Cycles maintains a number of fleets of bicycles around Boulder for use by employees of contracted companies.
Bus then Bike - Community Cycles maintains Boulder County’s Bus then Bike long term bike parking shelter at 28th and Iris and in Longmont. Two more shelters are expected to go online in 2013.
Bicycle Workshops - Community Cycles offers low-cost classes every Saturday morning on a variety of subjects related to cycling and sustainability. To date, workshops have covered: Winter Cycling, Carrying Cargo by Bicycle, General Bicycle Commuting and Maintenance, Bike Fit, Brakes and Derailleurs, Bicycling for Women, Hub Overhaul, Do It Yourself Pannier and Fenders, How to Live Car-Free, and more. In 2012, 148 people attended 34 workshops.
Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway - With volunteer labor, we tune up, clean, and prepare almost 300 small kids bikes for the holidays. Families, parents, and children (10 and under) are welcome to come and pick out a bike to take for a suggested donation, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Boulder Community Hospital provides each child with a new helmet.
Bicycle Advocacy Committee - We have a dedicated team of volunteers who meet with City and County staff and planners to advocate for more and better bicycle infrastructure in Boulder.
Walk & Bike Month/ Bike to Work Day/ Winter Bike to Work Day - Community Cycles coordinates Walk & Bike Month for the City of Boulder. Walk & Bike Month and Bike to Work Day encourage and celebrate the safe use of a bicycle for commuting and recreation.
Community Cycles is supported by a strong network of volunteers. In 2012, the organization had 328 volunteers who logged over 8,000 volunteer hours of assistance with our education and advocacy programs. We also offer court-ordered or school-required community service, service projects, internships, and youth volunteer opportunities.
Funding and Donations
Being membership and volunteer supported, Community Cycles, benefits from a generous local community. More than 2,300 bikes were donated to Community Cycles, refurbished and re-cycled back into the local community during 2012. While, the organization partly relies on grants from foundations and government such as the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, much of its income is generated through the sale of bikes and parts and membership fees.
Community Cycles Board of Directors
For more information about Community Cycles, visit www.CommunityCycles.org.