November 15, 2018

Jack Moran

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After retiring to St George, my wife and I began volunteering at bike events. The Senior Games, Intermountain Cup and Ironman St. George.

Early in 2016 the opportunity to rescue abandoned bikes came up and it has turned into Bicycle Collective St. George where we can enable all ages to learn and maintain all types of bicycles. 

My reward is seeing young and old enjoy riding and learning about all the opportunities biking represents.

November 15, 2018

Jim O'Callaghan

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Jim spent his career building brands, customers—and value—for a host of innovative technology companies, both public and private. Jim co-founded Cirque Corporation, inventor of touchpad pointing devices now common on virtually all laptop computers. After selling Cirque to Alps Corporation in 2003, Jim founded the NorAm division of EnOcean, a Siemens spinout employing energy-harvesting to self-power wireless sensor solutions for use in building automation, industrial applications, and environmental monitoring. Since retiring in 2016, Jim consults part-time with companies in the energy harvesting and wireless sensor markets.  

Jim began volunteering at the Bicycle Collective in 2017, became a core volunteer and joined the board of directors in November 2018. Jim has been a lifelong cyclist, former racer, and now an avid mountain biker.  Having seen the personal and community benefits of cycling, Jim joined the Collective to extend that opportunity to all members of the community regardless of economic resources. Jim and his wife are avid skiers, cyclists and travel enthusiasts.  

November 09, 2018

Joel Flores - Mechanic

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Originally from Southern California, Joel learned the ropes of bike mechanics in Moab bike shops.

He raced both downhill and road bikes, and loves to lend his expertise in bike mechanics and his ability to diagnose almost any issue in that realm to anyone who'd like to learn. Joel also built trails for the National Parks Service and Conservation Core, and worked in Search and Rescue and as a Wildland Firefighter. He's got some stories to tell.

Ask him about his experiences being involved in the Columbia Shuttle recovery efforts and what he knows about the real story behind the movie "127 hours". 

Joel Flores

We gave 'Trunk or Treat' a twist this fall encouraging kids and parents to ride their bikes.

Happy Halloween! 

Halloween Bike or Treat

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Youth Open Shop

WE'RE PAUSING THE YOUTH OPEN SHOP OVER THE SUMMER

The St. George Bicycle Collective is anticipating a few big changes: we'll have to move over the summer. Please sign up HERE if you would like to get notified once Youth Open Shop is back up and running. 

 

Find out how to Help Us Move HERE 

 

Youth Open Shop is a program for youth ages 8-17 years old. This is a productive learning environment where youth are surrounded only with their peers and our Youth Education Specialists.

Participating youth have the option to work on their own bikes (currently a one-time option to get the bike running), help repair bikes for the Collective giving programs, or earn a bike of their own through volunteered hours.

 

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Only the top 0.5% of nonprofits listed on Guidestar earn this award. We got it for our transparency; everything you need to know to be confident that Bicycle Collective is a well-run nonprofit organization is listed on our Guidestar page. There, you'll find what problems we're trying to solve, how we plan to solve them, how we measure success, and so much more. 

Check out our Guidestar page now to learn more: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-0569811

October 09, 2018

New Fall/Winter Hours

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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.

August 15, 2018

Jamison King - Mechanic

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Jamison graduated from Universal Technical Institute with a degree in Automotive Technology. He has worked as a car mechanic for about 5 years but has always preferred working on bicycles. He loves riding and working on road bikes and looks forward to learning more about other types of bikes.

Judith has been a bike commuter her whole life, starting in Kindergarten with a sweet little BMX bike. A few months after joining the Provo Bicycle Collective staff, she was awarded a competitive Women's Scholarship through QBP. She attended a two-week professional mechanic course at the United Bicycle Institute and is now a certified bicycle technician. She spent the summer of 2019 riding more than 3,000 miles across the United States!

When the school district asked us to participate in Bike to School Week this year, we went all in. Provo Bicycle Collective originally promised 75 bikes to local elementary schools, but the requests kept coming after that, until we reached 90 bikes. 

Why did we promise this? Because every kid deserves a bike. Most of us remember our first bike as a child because it gave us freedom; freedom to explore at the speed of discovery. Every child deserves this feeling.

This week, most of those bikes were given out to children who didn't already own a bike. To say they were thrilled is an understatement. I'll let this photo do the talking from here.

If you've ever volunteered with us, know that you played a huge part in this. All giveaway bikes are refurbished by volunteers like you. We can't thank you enough! See more photos of these kids here and don't forget to share!

If you'd like to ensure all kids get a bike, regardless of family income, donate today! Just $50 gives a bike to a kid in need!

 

Matt Jacobs, Kira Johnson and Austin Taylor of Provo Bicycle Collective were featured on BYU Radio's Constant Wonder. Listen to us explain how PBC empowers people to fix things, gives bikes to those in need and creates community at the same time.

Listen now!

Here are some money quotes:

“The streets are a public space and there is nowhere else where you can see people so close physically that are so different economically. The bicycle is a way of joining people together and building community. That’s a slogan of the Bicycle Collective; recycling bicycles, building community. That’s what we hope to do, is build community through bicycles.” - Austin, PBC Director

“The speed of discovery…that feeling you get from cruising around on a bike; noticing things that you wouldn’t otherwise.” 

“There’s a drive to give back and help out in our community. The people with real needs are not always visible. By having nonprofits that care for them, that are invested in them, we can help them out. Together, we can fulfill this higher purpose.” - Matt, Volunteer and Programs Coordinator

Women’s night “makes me feel this desire to do more hands-on. If some kind of manual labor needs to be done, I’m not going to do that a man will do it, and I will do it instead.” - Kira, Women’s Night Manager

“Women can do great things. Women have the tendency to look at details, and when they get things done…it’s done with more care.” - Alexis, PBC volunteer

"If you see that norse god (Kai Cox) down there at the shop, tell him hi for me." - Marcus