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.

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

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!

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.

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. 

 

Annual Reports & Impact

Our 2019-2020 Annual Report has been published!

Thanks to our dedicated and hard-working staff, we are pleased to make our 2019-2020 Annual Report available online in PDF form.

pdfClick Here to view the 2019-2020 Annual Report

 

 2020 Impact

While our 2019-2020 Annual Report takes a deep dive into our operations and the impact we have had in the communities that we serve, we also have updated and released our 2020 At A Glance document, which serves as a scoreboard for our goals and achievements for the year. Highlights for 2020 include:

  • Volunteers: 363 Volunteers contributed 5,225 hours of labor to our operation
  • Donated Bikes: we received 5,213 donated bikes to be refurbished, rehabilitated, or recycled
  • Bikes Given To Those In Need: 1,024 children and 358 adults received Goodwill bikes from the Bicycle Collective
  • Recycling: 37 tons of metal and 3.8 tons of rubber were recycled and kept out of landfills.

Bicycle Collective 2020 At A Glance 

 

 

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

 

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. 

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)

 

Provo Bicycle Collective is proud to announce a newly-formed partnership with Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center (UCRPC), through which we hope to provide dozens of free bikes to refugees each year.

UCRPC is non-profit organization that is devoted to motivate, empower, enlighten and transform refugees’ life through education.  Their mission is to provide the education, orientation and support refugees need to become self-sufficient members of society.

Our partnership allows UCRCP 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.

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

Bicycle Collective is always in need of money and bike donations and willing volunteers to repair bikes for giveaway.  Interested donors and volunteers can find out how to get involved Bicyclecollective.org.

Austin Taylor

Director, PBC