Amy Wiscombe

The Salt Lake City location offers FREE community cycling classes each week taught by our skilled mechanics and volunteers. Come learn more about bicycle maintenance and repair in a non-intimidating and supportive space. No sign-up or registration necessary!

No need to bring your bike to the class. We will use our bikes and parts in-house as examples. 

Ryan used to ride up and down mountains but now he seeks to become the ultimate bike commuter! While working on his degree in engineering at Utah State University he discovered he had much more passion for helping people than for math. Now he is currently working on his degree in Global Communications, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. Having worked in higher education, non profit organization, and refugee resettlement, he loves helping other people learn new things! You’ll find him cruising the Jordan River Trail but watch out or he’ll talk your ear off about the benefits of volunteering for a good cause!

Happy Bike Month, everyone! We're hosting some group rides for the month of May to celebrate bikes and the butts (and people) that sit on them. Check out the schedule below and note the last ride will be on Friday, May 31st where we'll end at the shop for a fun, FREE, concert!

Folks will meet at the SLC Bicycle Collective at 6 PM and we'll roll out at 6:15 PM. All riders welcome. Rides are routed between 7 and 20 miles.

Tuesday, May 7th - 9 miles.
Tuesday, May 14th - 16 miles.
Tuesday, May 21st - 7 miles.
Tuesday, May 28th - 18 miles.

FRIDAY, May 31st - LAST RIDE! 7 miles (most likely to Jordan River and back to the shop). We'll end at the shop for a FREE concert! Bring ALL your lights. We're gonna be loud and bright for this ride!

SLC Bike Prom 2019, is happening!! Tickets are now on sale! We're riding and dancing on Saturday, June 8th. This is an event for all folks of all ages.

Bike Prom is SLC Bicycle Collective's annual fundraising event. Don your fanciest prom duds, grab a date (or group or come solo!) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets. The ride starts at Fairmont Park (1040 E. Sugarmont Dr.) and will end at the Tracy Aviary (589 E. 1300 S.) where we'll dance the night away!

Get Tickets

FAQs

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! Bring the kids so they can enjoy the ride and the party at Tracy Aviary. Be advised, if kids are to ride their own bikes they will need to be able to keep pace with the group and police escort. The party tickets are priced per individual. We will have a subsidized ticket for kids under 16 years of age; the year they decide to commute the fun way or the other way.

Does it cost to participate in the group ride?

No, but donations are always appreciated! The party at Tracy Aviary is what the tickets are for if you choose to join us beyond the ride, which you should. The party is always a blast!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age to attend; we encourage youth under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. You must bring a valid ID if you plan to purchase alcohol to be consumed at the event at Tracy Aviary.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage bicycles for the ride from Fairmont Park to Tracy Aviary, but other modes of human-powered transportation are acceptable. There will be a bicycle valet for those staying for the ticketed event. If you must drive to Tracy Aviary to join us for the party, you can park in any available parking spots at Liberty Park.

If you are coming from the Sugarhouse area and require a vehicle to get you here, there is plenty of parking for you to leave your car at Fairmont Park. You will just have to ride back there at the end of the group ride or party to get your vehicle; no overnight parking at either park.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks allowed. Both will be available for purchase once inside.

What should I wear?

It's called Bike Prom, so dig out your old dresses and suits or maybe that bridesmaid dress that was worn that one time - shorts, suspenders, and a bowtie; Sure! Some go retro and come in light blue frilly tuxedos or in flapper dresses and zuit suits. Visit your favorite secondhand store and you'll probably find what you're looking for! Your outfit, your call, just make it fun and enjoy the people watching!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

SLC Bike Prom 2019, is happening!! Tickets are now on sale! We're riding and dancing on Saturday, June 8th. This is an event for all folks of all ages.

Bike Prom is SLC Bicycle Collective's annual fundraising event. Don your fanciest prom duds, grab a date (or group or come solo!) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets. The ride starts at Fairmont Park (1040 E. Sugarmont Dr.) and will end at the Tracy Aviary (589 E. 1300 S.) where we'll dance the night away!

Get Tickets

FAQs

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! Bring the kids so they can enjoy the ride and the party at Tracy Aviary. Be advised, if kids are to ride their own bikes they will need to be able to keep pace with the group and police escort. The party tickets are priced per individual. We will have a subsidized ticket for kids under 16 years of age; the year they decide to commute the fun way or the other way.

Does it cost to participate in the group ride?

No, but donations are always appreciated! The party at Tracy Aviary is what the tickets are for if you choose to join us beyond the ride, which you should. The party is always a blast!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age to attend; we encourage youth under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. You must bring a valid ID if you plan to purchase alcohol to be consumed at the event at Tracy Aviary.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage bicycles for the ride from Fairmont Park to Tracy Aviary, but other modes of human-powered transportation are acceptable. There will be a bicycle valet for those staying for the ticketed event. If you must drive to Tracy Aviary to join us for the party, you can park in any available parking spots at Liberty Park.

If you are coming from the Sugarhouse area and require a vehicle to get you here, there is plenty of parking for you to leave your car at Fairmont Park. You will just have to ride back there at the end of the group ride or party to get your vehicle; no overnight parking at either park.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks allowed. Both will be available for purchase once inside.

What should I wear?

It's called Bike Prom, so dig out your old dresses and suits or maybe that bridesmaid dress that was worn that one time - shorts, suspenders, and a bowtie; Sure! Some go retro and come in light blue frilly tuxedos or in flapper dresses and zuit suits. Visit your favorite secondhand store and you'll probably find what you're looking for! Your outfit, your call, just make it fun and enjoy the people watching!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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Shop Volunteering

Volunteering with the SLC Bicycle Collective is a great way to gain invaluable experience within the community. We have open volunteering hours on Mondays between 5:30 and 9:00 PM and on Fridays between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. You may stop in anytime during those hours - no sign-up necessary. We ask folks to serve at least an hour when they come to volunteer - you are welcome to stay longer or for the full block. 

No experience with bikes necessary to volunteer. Our staff will teach you all the things you need to know about bikes to assist us in the cause. However, a skilled mechanic is always appreciated in our shop!

Instructions for volunteering:

Please meet at the SLC shop located at 2312 S. West Temple. The front door is usually locked, so ring the doorbell when you arrive. We will then have you complete an application and give you a walking tour/orientation of the shop that will cover volunteer duties, responsibilities, and expectations. 

Wear clothes that you don't mind getting bike grease on. We provide shop aprons and gloves for all volunteers. 

Volunteers in the shop typically work on fixing kids and adult bikes for our charitable programs, sort through bike parts and do miscellaneous cleaning around the shop. We provide all the educational support and resources for volunteers to successfully complete projects in our shop!

Bike Prom Volunteer

Every year the SLC Bicycle Collective holds an annual fundraiser called "Bike Prom". We need volunteers to help us make it a successful and fun event! Call for 2018 Bike Prom volunteers has ended. We'll put out a call for 2019 Bike Prom Volunteers next year! 

Bike Valet Volunteer

Bike Valet is provided by the Bicycle Collective at many of the events in Salt Lake City throughout the spring, summer, and early fall that demand safe, theft-­free bicycle parking service! Help patrons by securely parking their pedal ­powered steeds at our handy-dandy pop­up rack/based parking systems. Available to anyone 18 and older. Perks of volunteering for Bike Valet is getting into the events for free (if there is a cover charge)! Links to sign-up to volunteer with Bike Valet for 2019 events will be available soon. 

SLC Bike Prom 2019, is happening!! Tickets are now on sale! We're riding and dancing on Saturday, June 8th. This is an event for all folks of all ages.

Bike Prom is SLC Bicycle Collective's annual fundraising event. Don your fanciest prom duds, grab a date (or group or come solo!) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets. The ride starts at Fairmont Park (1040 E. Sugarmont Dr.) and will end at the Tracy Aviary (589 E. 1300 S.) where we'll dance the night away!

Get Tickets

FAQs

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! Bring the kids so they can enjoy the ride and the party at Tracy Aviary. Be advised, if kids are to ride their own bikes they will need to be able to keep pace with the group and police escort. The party tickets are priced per individual. We will have a subsidized ticket for kids under 16 years of age; the year they decide to commute the fun way or the other way.

Does it cost to participate in the group ride?

No, but donations are always appreciated! The party at Tracy Aviary is what the tickets are for if you choose to join us beyond the ride, which you should. The party is always a blast!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age to attend; we encourage youth under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. You must bring a valid ID if you plan to purchase alcohol to be consumed at the event at Tracy Aviary.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage bicycles for the ride from Fairmont Park to Tracy Aviary, but other modes of human-powered transportation are acceptable. There will be a bicycle valet for those staying for the ticketed event. If you must drive to Tracy Aviary to join us for the party, you can park in any available parking spots at Liberty Park.

If you are coming from the Sugarhouse area and require a vehicle to get you here, there is plenty of parking for you to leave your car at Fairmont Park. You will just have to ride back there at the end of the group ride or party to get your vehicle; no overnight parking at either park.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks allowed. Both will be available for purchase once inside.

What should I wear?

It's called Bike Prom, so dig out your old dresses and suits or maybe that bridesmaid dress that was worn that one time - shorts, suspenders, and a bowtie; Sure! Some go retro and come in light blue frilly tuxedos or in flapper dresses and zuit suits. Visit your favorite secondhand store and you'll probably find what you're looking for! Your outfit, your call, just make it fun and enjoy the people watching!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Volunteer Highlight - Abby Mars

How did you get involved with the collective? 

My first experience with the Collective was several years ago when I bought an older bike off Craigslist and wanted to swap out some parts. I had no idea what I was doing with riding or working on that thing and I don't think I ended up riding it much, but the tinkering bit was the fun part anyway. Shortly after that I moved to Colorado for a little while before turning around and coming back to Salt Lake a year and a half later. Last fall, I was on sabbatical from work and looking for volunteer opportunities to help me keep busy and engage with the community now that I'm back for good, so I wandered into the Bicycle Collective during Friday morning volunteer hours. I was pretty much hooked right away because you get to work on so many different types of bikes over the course of one volunteer session, which scratches my urge to tinker without having to dismantle my own bike every week!

What do you enjoy most about the collective?

Working on Goodwill bikes has been a really fun way to become a little less clueless about riding and fixing up my own bikes, for one thing. There's nothing like dismantling an old bike to re-use the parts to help you understand how everything fits together. It's also been a great group of people to hang around with and get to know. (And the snacks during volunteer night certainly don't hurt either.)

Tell us more about how cycling has impacted your life.

I work remotely from my home, so I'm always on the lookout for excuses to get out of the house during the week, and cycling around town is a great one. Often I'll ride down to the coffee shop for a change of scenery while I work, or do a few laps around town when I'm done for the day. I had a bike as a kid that I loved to ride around the neighborhood, but I didn't ride much after I started high school. It wasn't until these last few years that I rediscovered how much I love poking around on a bicycle with no particular destination in mind. It's such a fun way to explore, especially in a city like Salt Lake where not much of town is very pedestrian-friendly. 

What are some of your other hobbies? 

On the same sabbatical when I started coming to the Collective, I also signed up for a piano class up at the U! Playing piano is another thing I did as a kid and lost sight of until recently, so it's been fun to flex those muscles again. Also, my wife and I have two pets (a cat and a rabbit), and taking photos of those two to put on the internet takes up a fair amount of my time!
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Abby is one of our core volunteers. It's people like her who volunteer their time and talents that keep our shop running. Thanks for all that you do, Abby! 

Interested in volunteering with the Bicycle Collective? Learn more here!

Dear SLCBC Volunteers,

Whether you volunteered one hour, 25 hours, or over 100 hours in our shop in 2018, your hard work and service did not go unnoticed. Last year alone, we had a total of 1,738 volunteers who served a total of 4,533 hours in our shop. These numbers translate to volunteers fixing and repairing 386 kids bikes and 261 adult bikes that were then given away to folks in our community who needed them most. 

In addition to these bikes being repaired and given away, we can't even begin to count the number of parts that were salvaged and organized, the number of nuts, bolts, and dust bunnies that were swept up, and the number of tubes repaired and sorted in our shop - all by the hands of our volunteers. Our shop's success is very much dependent on our volunteers, we can't do this work alone! Thank you for your service and for the care you have given by serving in our shop to support members of our community. We're excited to see you and new volunteers in our shop soon!

Sincerely, 

Amy Wiscombe
Volunteer and Program Coordinator

Click here to learn more about volunteering with the SLCBC.

 

The SLC Bicycle Collective has changed its Sales and DIY hours to the following:

Tuesday and Thursday - 2 - 6 PM

Saturday - 12 - 6 PM

Sales and DIY hours are times when anyone can come in to purchase a bike, work on their own bike project, or drop off donations.

All other programming hours remain the same.

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