Today was a big day for us and for twelve kids at Coral Cliffs Elementary! We taught our first "Ride Ready!" class. 12 kids learned basic bike maintenance and safety from our volunteers and staff and received a free refurbished bike after the workshop. 

This is what Harrison says about the workshop: "One of the participants looked at me while she was walking her bike out, helmet on and buckled, and said with a smile, "I've never had a bike like this before." I told her well now you know how to take care of it!"

Congrats to you all for being "Ride Ready!" and thanks so much to everyone who helped and supported us to make this possible!! Healthy Dixie Council | Washington County, UtahSouthwest Utah Public Health DepartmentSouthern Utah Bicycle AllianceHarrison Shotzbargerr, Craig ShanklinRed Rock Bicycle Co.Bicycles Unlimited IncRapid CyclingSt. George, Utah, and all the volunteers who built bikes for the kids!

Women, Trans, Femme Night

A safe and supportive learning environment for those who identify!

Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly (cis)male-dominated area. It is our goal to help teach individuals who have been marginalized or intimidated in this setting to be knowledgeable and confident working on their bikes. The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective holds Women Trans Femme (WTF) Night in the shop every Wednesday from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. This program offers a safe and supportive learning environment for those who identify to fix their own bikes, buy bikes, and/or volunteer in the shop. 

Use of the shop for DIY projects is $5 per hour, or free to members.

This space is for:

Anyone who identifies as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feels that their socialization or treatment as a woman, transperson*, femme has impeded their participation in bicycle mechanics.

Women: A person who identifies as a woman.

Trans: Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender creative, anyone whose gender identity is fluid, transgressive, and/or transitioning.

Femme: A gender identity in which a person of any gender embodies a feminine appearance, expression, or identity.

If you are not WTF identified, BECOME AN ALLY:

  • Respect the space: Come during our regular open shop hours.
  • Respect People: During our regular open shop hours, treat all female & trans* folks as you would any other person (don’t assume they’re less knowledgeable, don’t call them “sweety,” and NEVER take a wrench out of their hand!)
  • Get Educated: Learn about the issues facing women and trans* communities.
  • Educate others: About why and how to be an ally!

This program was implemented with assistance from BICAS.org and other WTF program models across the nation.

TUTORS FOR ‘RIDE READY!’ 

After-school bike mechanics club

This is an opportunity for two to three volunteers who are interested in teaching bike mechanics and working with elementary school kids from low-income families (4th grade, about 10yrs. of age)

  • You will assist in teaching three ‘Ride Ready’ after-school bike mechanics clubs
  • Each club will last two hours plus some prep/de-prep time
  • You will receive prior training (about 2hrs) at the Collective
  • Each club will consist of four workstations that will guide students through a basic bike tune-up (air/patching tubes; check brakes and bolts; lube/check chain)
  • The Collective provides bicycles, the kids ‘earn’ these bikes through their participation in the workshop

DATES

Monday, Feb 26, Coral Cliff Elementary School (approx. 2:30 PM – 4: 30PM)

Wednesday, March 21, Heritage Elementary School (afternoon)

Tbd, TBD

Training will take place during the week prior to the first workshop (Feb 19 – 24) at your convenience.

 Please contact us (judith (at) bicyclecollective.org) until Feb 7 if you would like to volunteer. 

January 30, 2018

Clay Dean-Perry

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I love bicycles for many reasons, the mechanical beauty, the carefree feeling of riding and the endorphin rush from stressing myself. I have always had a bike around to play with but became more involved with bikes as my kids grew up. I was riding and racing motorcycles and wanted to spend more time with my wife and family that a motorcycle would afford. A 1998 Schwinn homegrown really set the hook on mountain biking and shortly after began riding road bikes with my wife. We always trained for the MS-150 with friends and later finished LOTOJA and The Triple Bypass in Colorado. During this time I realized that if I rode my bike to work I felt great all day. Everything about that day was better. I became involved with the Bike Collective around 2011 (?) because of the Mission Statement. I feel privileged to be part of the organization during our growth. I am very interested in continued growth but only in a way that supports our core mission. 

January 30, 2018

Sean Murphy, Chair

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Sean Murphy joined the Collective's Board in 2015 and has served as Secretary and Chair since. He's focused on ensuring the Collective's future is strong and making sure every shop, current and future, is supported and stable. 

Sean spends his days working on affordable housing legislation and community development initiatives for Salt Lake City and his weekends getting rad in the mountains, the rock, and the dirt. He'll ride any bike you've got.

January 30, 2018

Shawn Teigen, Treasurer

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I love being on a bike. But even more than that, I love riding in close proximity to my family and friends. A close third is seeing others on bikes, particularly kids. It is at times like these that I feel the most hope for the world.

I like to commute to work (always getting the best parking spot). I like to pedal when I'm going out for the evening. I like thinking about how to get non-riders on bikes. I like to get in a bit of distance on the road. I like riding the mountains and deserts in and around Utah. I like multi-day family treks. And finally, I like exploring other cities and countries by bike.

My favorite day of the year is Bike Prom. 

January 29, 2018

Tim Shea, Secretary

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Tim Shea is retired after serving for more than 30 years as an administrator and lawyer in the Utah state courts. Originally from Oregon, he has lived in Salt Lake City since 1984. He is a lifelong bicyclist and enjoys road and trail riding as well as riding tandem with his wife Peri.

The St. George Bicycle Collective is hiring a Mechanic.  If you love bikes and what we do, this could be the job for you!

This three month position is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop it into year-round, full-time, multi-faceted employment with increasing pay and responsibility.

 

The Highlights:

  • $11-13 hourly pay
  • Opportunity to grow the job and the organization
  • Get paid to do enjoyable work that makes a positive difference in our community

Click the link below to find out more about the job and learn how to apply.

 

 

 

Starting Wednesday, January 17, we will be getting together from 2:30PM till 9:30PM to fix bikes, learn and have fun!

We are changing our schedule in order to be able to accommodate students who may want to come in after school. 

No prior knowledge about bikes needed, we are happy to teach you what you need to know!
Volunteers help fixing kids bikes and bikes for people in need of transportation ('Goodwill Bikes'), organize the shop, sort bikes, etc. etc.
Kids and Youth are welcome! Please bring a guardian if you are under 16. Groups of more than 4 people please call ahead! Thanks!

 

Kira Johnson

Youth Program Manager and Women's Program Manager

Kira is currently studying Urban Planning at BYU, and is especially passionate about the active transportation elements in a city. Through past jobs, Kira has become a professional at cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, weeding, mowing...needless to say, she's excited to add the useful (and enjoyable) skills involved with fixing bicycles to that list. Kira's ideal day would involve waking up early, having plenty of moments to stare at the mountains in all their glory--and perhaps even be in those mountains, completing all the daily errands on her bike, receiving a handwritten letter in the mail, and having a quality moment with any of her dear, dear friends. Kira is excited to start the Women's Volunteer Hours at PBC and is stoked to see more lady-friends out on their bikes!