Juvenile Justice Jr. Bike Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Our Jr. Bike Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (Jr. Bike MAP) with the Juvenile Justice centers are an adaptation of our in-shop classes. We’ve taken the course and made it more in-depth and mobile to provide it to youth in the Juvenile Detention Centers in local Juvenile Justice Centers. The course is turned into a 12-week course, with two, two hour long classes per week. Students completely refurbish bikes that have been donated to OBC and learn the skills they would need to gain employment in the bike industry once they are released. Classes are offered in a fall and spring and students who pass midterm and final exams receive a certification from the Ogden Bicycle Collective.

Eagle Scout Projects

Provo Bicycle Collective helps nearly a dozen scouts each year complete their Eagle Projects. The most common project is hosting a bike drive, through which the scout and his volunteers canvas the neighborhood and surrounding communities, notifying the residents of the bike drive and leaving flyers at doors.  The scout and volunteers then pick up unwanted bikes (a large trailer is helpful), and drop them off at our Community Bike Shop. These bikes will be refurbished and given away to homeless, refugees, and low-income individuals, sold to fund our programs, or stripped and recycled. The average project yields between 30 and 100 bicycles. 
We often have other needs to fulfill besides the bike drive project. Please direct all questions to . 

Some Eagle Project approval commitees want the scouts to do a little more.  Here are some extra things that would help us fulfill our mission:

  • - Wash the bikes before bringing them to us.  This could take about 2 hours with lots of helpers.
  • - Host a presentation in your neighborhood on how to bike safely and why we should bike more and drive less (we have presentation materials you can use)

We discourage scouts from trying to repair the bikes or bringing in large groups of volunteers since we already have a large number of volunteers and basic bike mechanic training takes a considerable amount of time.

Mechanics 101

Interested in learning more in-depth about bicycle mechanics? Mechanics 101 is designed to educate you on the inner workings of the bicycle and help you gain the skills to fix your own bicycle or even build the bike of your dreams!  Operations Manager Ikaika Cox teaches this course each Wednesday at 7pm and the topic changes every week, repeating after the ninth week. You must be a current Bicycle Collective Member to participate in this class. No registration is necessary, just show up! Please direct all questions to .

This course will be of interest to you if:

- You want to maintain your own bike

- You want to customize or build your own bike

- You want to be a more skilled volunteer

- You want to work in the bike industry


Winter/Spring 2020 Class Schedule:

The Winter Mechanics 101 course will be taught in Spanish. Stay tuned for times and details. 

Press

Provo Bicycle Collective is frequently featured in the news. Read the stories about our work below!

Media staff, please email  for stories.

 

2018

VIDEO Local nonprofit launches new urban cycling safety course to protect riders, KSL News

Provo Bicycle Collective goes beyong providing some new wheels, Daily Herald

STAFF PICK New Provo Bicycle Collective program strives to empower women, The Daily Universe

Provo Bicycle Collective starts women's volunteer program, Deseret News

Provo Bicycle Collective launches safe urban cycling course, Deseret News

Head to Provo's Bike-in movie, Daily Herald

Go to a bike party, Daily Herald

Cycling advocates say more Utah women should commute by bike, Deseret News

Provo Bicycle Collective launches safe urban cycling class, Deseret News

VIDEO, STAFF PICK #ProvoServes Provo Bicycle Collective, Provo City

 

2017

Provo Bicycle Collective donates bikes to local schools, Daily Herald

BYU student gives back to Provo with bicycles, The Daily Universe

STAFF PICK Homeless man lives on bike earned from Provo Bicycle Collective, The Daily Universe

STAFF PICK Donated bikes 'life-changing' for BYU ELC students, The Daily Universe

The Provo Bicycle Collective Rolls On, SLUG Magazine

Provo Bicycle Collective partners with Habitat for Humanity, Daily Herald

17 Provo murals to appreciate while strolling through town, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective donates refurbished kids bikes to groups, Daily Herald

Provo Women's Day celebrations honor Utah county women and girls, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective donates bikes, Daily Herald

How a Utah bike shop helps refugees, charities, and the community, Deseret News

Get your bike up and running with the Collective, Mayor John Curtis

Cycle and Recycle, BYU Magazine

Provo Bicycle Collective named Provo's only gold-level Bicycle Friendly Business, BikeProvo.org

BYU Police to partner with Provo Bicycle Collective, Deseret News

VIDEO Austin Taylor on civic engagement in Provo, Provo Connections

VIDEO Austin Taylor, Provo Bicycle Collective Director 

VIDEO Provo store donates bikes to foster kids, BYU Eleven News

  

2016

Provo Mayor: Ten exciting things that happened in Provo in 2016, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective educating children through Earn-a-Bike program, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective gives back to community, The Daily Universe

Provo Bicycle Collective puts out call for new downtown mural, Daily Herald

Provo Bicycle Collective almost finished with new mural, Daily Herald

Bike Prom celebrates new location for Provo Bicycle Collective, The Daily Universe

Pay it Forward: The Bicycle Collective, KUTV

Provo Bicycle Collective moves to Joaquin neighborhood, Provo City Council

VIDEO KBYU Community Connection: Provo Bicycle Collective, KBYU

VIDEO Provo nonprofit encourages community to fix bicycles, KSL News

VIDEO City Council decides to allow Provo Bicycle Collective to move into Joaquin neighborhood, Provo City Council

VIDEO Earn-a-Bike Instructor Adam K at Provo Bicycle Collective

VIDEO Provo Bicycle Collective Intro

 

2015

VIDEO Provo Bicycle Collective Commercial

 

2012

VIDEO UVU: Zac Whitmore - Philosophy Student, Director of Provo Bicycle Collective

VIDEO Provo Bicycle Collective Info Video

STAFF PICK 10 Years of Bicycle Collective (about our founding)

 

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!