January 30, 2018

Shawn Teigen

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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. 

Bike mechanics has traditionally been a male-dominated trade.  To promote equality, Provo Bicycle Collective will host volunteer hours set aside for traditionally marginalized groups including women, girls, transgender, and any female-identifying people.

These volunteer hours are designed to create a safe and inclusive space and will function the same as existing volunteer hours.  All bicycles repaired by volunteers are given away to people who couldn’t otherwise afford one, giving independent transportation to those who need it most.  Our goal in creating this program will be reached if said individuals feel included in our volunteer program. 

We invite all women, trans, and female-identifying people to join us during these volunteer hours to repair bikes for those in need.  We need your help!  Provo Bicycle Collective gave away 408 bikes in 2017 and with your help, we will give away many more in the years to come.

Learn how to participate here.

Impact & Annual Reports

Impact

Check out the impact we've had on our GuideStar Profile.

2019 at a glance

 

Annual Reports

Learn what we've accomplished by reading our annual reports below:

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

Youth Open Shop

Youth Open Shop is an afterschool program designed to teach bicycle mechanics to youth ages 8-18. Youth Open Shop hours are set aside only for youth so they have a place to learn among their peers. Youth can expect the same do-it-yourself experience as our normal Open Shop users have; staff will provide guidance but not do repairs for them.

Current Youth Open Shop Hours: Mondays 3:30pm-5:30pm

Please direct all questions regarding Youth Open Shop to

During Youth Open Shop, youth are allowed to:

  1. Work on their own bike
  2. Work on bikes for giveaway
  3. Earn a bike for themselves by first working on bikes for giveaway

Please note:

  • While the shop time fee is waived, youth are still responsible to pay for all new parts they use or earn used parts by volunteering
  • PBC will not store your child's projects
  • Workstands are first-come-first-served and PBC shop staff have the right to turn youth away if the shop is too full
  • PBC staff will not tolerate misbehavior and reserve the right to ban youth from Youth Open Shop
  • Youth are responsible for repairing their own bicycles; PBC staff will not repair bikes for them
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the shop but are not allowed to work on bikes with thier children.

Buy a Bike

We carry diverse, ever-changing selection of fully-refurbished used bikes. Our favorite bikes are "commutified"--reliable bikes from the 80s and 90s that we convert to comfy everyday bikes--but our shelves are often stocked with everything from feather-light road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes. Because everything we carry is donated to us, we never really know what’s going to be on the shelf from week to week.

Come to our shop or call us today to find out what's in store!

Every kid deserves a bike. That’s why, in celebration of Provo School District’s Bike to School Week (September 10-15, 2018), Provo Bicycle Collective has committed to giving away 75 free bicycles to children whose families cannot afford to purchase a bike for them.

The bicycles will be distributed through the Parent Teacher Associations of Rock Canyon, Timpanogos, Sunset View, Provost, Franklin, Provo Peaks, Spring Creek, and Edgemont elementary schools.

Some children have already received their bicycles (see attached photos), but most will receive them during Bike to School Week.

Why is this necessary?

The National Center for Safe Routes to School found that only 2.2% of children biked to school in 2013. According to the Utah Department of Health, childhood obesity in Utah is rising as more children are driven or bussed to school. We hope these children use their new bikes to get to school each day and that they adopt an active, healthy lifestyle.

Contact

Media professionals who are interested in filming or photographing children receiving their bicycles during Bike to School Week should contact Provo Bicycle Collective’s director, Austin Taylor, at .

My name is Samuel Osorio. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. When I was four I moved to Miami, Florida with my family and lived there for 18 years. Miami is crazy busy and driving sometimes the most stressful thing to do. I’ve been riding bikes my whole life; it saved me time and hassle trying to find parking. Before working at the PBC, I worked at a gym teaching kids how to rock climb. My goal is to help as many people own a bike and enjoy it. 

Community Bike Shop

 

Want to fix your own bicycle?  During Open Shop hours, we have up to six workbenches of professional-grade bike tools available for public use.  With the guidance of a staff mechanic, even those who have never picked up a wrench before can learn how to repair a flat tire, replace a cable, or even give their bike a full tune-up.