Earn-A-Bike

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

The Earn-a-Bike Program was created for youth who don’t have access or the economic means to purchase a bike. The Ogden Bicycle Collective gives them the opportunity to participate in the program where they volunteer and learn mechanical skills to repair a bike provided to them by the OBC. After the program is completed they will have a fully functioning bike to take home.

EDUCATION STANDARDS

  1. Twelve hours of volunteer work must be completed to earn a bike before taking it home
  2. Eight hours of volunteer work must be completed before picking out a bike
  3. The remaining 4 hours of volunteer work can be done doing maintenance on the bike to be earned

VOLUNTEER WORK

Volunteer work in the shop must be checked off by the Youth Program Coordinator, a total of 8 hours must be completed and recorded before a bike is chosen. Volunteer hours can be completed during Youth Open Shop Night, Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM.

BIKE MAINTENANCE

After a bike is chosen, the remaining four hours of volunteer work will be mechanical work on the bike. The bike must be deemed safe to ride before it can be taken home. Our mechanics will assist with and oversee any repairs needed.

Please contact our Youth Program Coordinator  or 801-997-0336 with any questions.

Bikes for Goodwill

Our Bikes for Goodwill program provides free bicycles to anyone who can’t afford to purchase one. Bikes for Goodwill may be earned through 6 hours of volunteer service.  Find out how to volunteer here.

If you are in need of a bike for transportation, are currently NOT able to volunteer with us, and if you are receiving help from an organization such as Switchpoint CRC, the Court Support Services, and others, ask your caseworker to contact us. 

Find out more about our Monthly Bike Kitchen at Switchpoint CRC HERE. 

 

Provo Bicycle Collective is proud to announce a newly-formed partnership with Refugee Action Network through which we hope to provide dozens of free bikes each year to refugees seeking to become self-sufficient in Utah Valley.

In its last year of work, Refugee Action Network has proven itself as an effective resource for refugees who have already spent some time in the US and seeking to become more self-sufficient. 

Our partnership allows Refugee Action Network to recommend their clients to our shop for a free Goodwill Bike – donated bicycles refurbished by PBC volunteers.  In 2016, Bicycle Collective gave away 1,436 Goodwill Bikes throughout Utah.

Our hope is that their refugees will use these bikes to meet daily transportation needs; riding to work, shopping for groceries, and meeting appointments. 

We’re always in need of willing volunteers to repair bikes for these refugees.  Interested volunteers can find out how to fix bikes with us at Bicyclecollective.org.  No experience is necessary.

I love racing and riding mountain bikes, fishing, and playing classical bass. Being on staff since 2016 I am the most senior employee (lol), despite being the youngest mechanic. If you see me in the shop please bring me your weird mechanical issues cause I think that’s fun.

May 30, 2017

Heidi Goedhart

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Heidi is originally from Idaho but transplanted to Salt Lake City ten years ago with her bicycle at her side. Since then, she has developed a passion for active transportation and its many environmental, economic and social benefits. Heidi has bachelors degrees in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning and a Master of City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah with a specialization in Smart Growth and Transportation and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Design. She has been an active triathlete and road biker since high school and has recently picked up mountain biking. Four years ago, Heidi turned in her car keys and became a full-time bicycle commuter which has opened her eyes to the benefits and challenges active transportation users face. She aspires to help design and cultivate transportation options that support resilient urban environments that focus on health, activity and wellness. Heidi has been the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Bicycle Collective since 2012. She currently works for the Utah Department of Transportation as the Active Transportation Manager in the Planning Department.

Shelley Reynolds - Utah native 

I love bicycling for transportation, recreation, and pure enjoyment.

I'm currently a Realtor and formerly a Case Manager in the non-profit sector where I learned what a valuable asset the SLC BC is to the residents of City of Salt Lake. Bicycling brings people together and that's exactly what the world needs! 

Seventy lucky children are about to experience the joys of new bike day.

With two giveaways on May 6th and 16th, Provo Bicycle Collective proudly gave away 70 refurbished kids bikes to Utah Foster Care and Boys and Girls Club of Utah County.  These valued nonprofit partners will now distribute our bikes to children who otherwise could not afford one.  Our hope is that these kids will use their bikes often to get to school and nearby social activities.  The staff at Provo Bicycle Collective would like to thank the 100+ volunteers who helped fix these bikes up over the past two weeks.

We're always looking for bicycle and financial donations to help make these giveaways possible.  Please consider donating today to help continue our charitable programs.

Volunteering

The mission of the Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households.

Volunteers of the Ogden Bicycle Collective ground our culture as a bike shop by the community, for the community. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the OBC; in the shop they enable the Collective to provide goods and services to everyone, including low-income households. Learning bicycle repair, they enrich our community while gaining valuable skills for themselves. Running bicycle valet and other outreach events, they connect local networks and push the boundaries of our services. Taking on other projects with OBC, they use their passions to improve and develop the shop.

Learn more about volunteering at the Ogden Bicycle Collective in our Volunteer Handbook.

Current opportunities:

Greeter and Front of Desk Assistant

Santa's Little Helper Home Mechanic Volunteer Program

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator  for more information and to apply.

Goodwill Bikes

Our Goodwill Bike Program provides adult sized bicycles for free to anyone who can’t afford to purchase one. In order to assess need, we partner with multiple nonprofit and governmental organizations. The process is simple: clients contact partner organizations who refer bike recipients to us. We repair the bikes and schedule an appointment with each recipient. Partnering organizations may require recipients to volunteer at our shops in exchange for the bikes. Please contact one of the below organizations to begin the process for yourself or your client, or call your nearest shop for more information.

OBC Partner Organizations:

Department of Workforce Services

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation

Weber Human Services

Cottages of Hope

Catholic Community Services

Davis Behavioral Health

Roads to Independence

Weber Housing Authority

Open Shop - Currently Unavailable Due to COVID-19

Get access to the tools and help you need!

At the Ogden Bicycle Collective we’re about education above all, so we put the wrench in your hand. During open shop hours our professional mechanics walk you through anything and everything you need to keep your bike running smoothly and safely, and there’s absolutely no experience needed! Whether you’re an old hand at the wrench or laying hands on a drivetrain for the first time, we’ll assess your needs and provide some hands-off support. We charge $5 per half hour of shop use, but members get full use of the shop for free. If you're unable to afford necessary repairs, ask about alternate ways to pay—no one is turned away for inability to pay.

Open Shop Hours:

Wed, Fri, and Sat 12:00-6:00 PM

Buy A Bike

Find your perfect ride!

We carry a large and rotating selection of used and fully refurbished bikes of all kinds. Our favorites are the rigid mountain bikes from the 80s and 90s that we convert to comfy commuters for everyday use, but our shelves can be stocked with everything from feather-light road bikes to last year’s full suspension cross country machine. Because everything we carry is donated to us, we never really know what’s going to be on the shelf from week to week. You can check out our stock by stopping by the shop!

The best part about buying a bike or parts from us? Your purchase helps to support our other, free community and educational programs!

Youth Open Shop Night

Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 PM at OBC (936 28th Street, Ogden, UT 84403)

Youth Open Shop is a night dedicated to providing an open work space for kids between the ages of 10-17. Kids can come in and utilize the shop with the help of a youth specialist, mechanics, and volunteers. During youth open shop kids may work on their own bikes; volunteer to earn a bicycle or parts; learn bicycle mechanics, safety, and teamwork; and help other kids with their bikes. Youth Open Shop is free and does not require pre-registration, however, benches are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Completion of orientation with a parent or legal guardian is required before attending.

Please contact our Youth Program Coordinator at  or 801-997-0336 with any questions.

Basic Bike Mechanic 101

Basic Bike Mechanic 101 Classes are currently offered every Thursday night at 5:00 pm on Facebook Live. Everyone is welcome and the classes are free. Each week we focus on a different component of the bike, so the classes can be taken stand-alone or in series. 

Watch the classes on Facebook Live to be able to ask our mechanics questions, or watch the videos any time on our Facebook page!

From Provo.org:

"May is National Bike Month and Provo is celebrating the many benefits of bicycling! Whether you bike to work or school, ride to save money or time, pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment, or simply to explore your community – you’re going to love the events and activities we’ve got planned. We’ve put together a month full of events and activities to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride!"

See this website for a list of all the events happening this month.