— Advertisement —

Seattle’s Child: Bike Works thriving where once no bike shop existed

When Bike Works opened its doors in Columbia City, there were no bike shops between Capitol Hill and Renton. Today, the Bike Works house is bursting at its seams, and the shop is constantly working to keep up with the ever-growing demand for bikes, bike repair and bike education in Rainier Valley.

Seattle’s Child Magazine recently published a wonderful little profile of the organization:

When the founders of Bike Works were deciding on a place to open a shop in the mid-nineties, Columbia City materialized as an ideal fit. Here was an area that was home to a young population who relied heavily on public transportation, yet lacked a bicycle culture. At the time, not even a single bike shop existed between Capitol Hill and Renton.


— Advertisement —

Now, 15 years later, the bike shop on Ferdinand Street constantly buzzes with activity. On the surface, it’s a store that offers refurbished bikes and repair services at affordable prices. Most of the bikes are donated – many are given a second life instead of winding up in a landfill. Behind the store front is a web of programs that extends into a community that has responded with serious and sustained enthusiasm. “Our problem is that our programs are almost too successful!” said Tina Bechler, Program Director of Bike Works. “Demand is higher than our capacity.”

One flagship program is Earn-a-Bike, which teaches kids ages 9 to 17 how to repair bikes over the course of eight weeks. At the end of 18 hours of community service, helping to fix bikes for others, all graduates get to refurbish a bike to keep for themselves. After that, kids can join different riding groups, where they learn to navigate the city safely and independently on two wheels. Street Burners involves adventures on BMX, road, and mountain bikes as well as undertakings like bike polo and bike art. There are outings during the school year in addition to week-long summer camps. Certain camps bring kids outside the city, pedaling through different parts of the state while learning about environmental and social justice issues.

Read more…


About the author:


Related posts:

Comments

3 responses to “Seattle’s Child: Bike Works thriving where once no bike shop existed”

  1. Gary

    I donated a kids bike here. Wish I’d taken the adult bike there as well. Oh well, live and learn.

  2. Wonder if there will soon be a few more bike shops between Cap Hill and Renton…? (Especially near the Sealth and I-90 trails)

— Advertisement —

Join the Seattle Bike Blog Supporters

As a supporter, you help power independent bike news in the Seattle area. Please consider supporting the site financially starting at $5 per month:


Latest stories

Bike Events Calendar

Jun
15
Sat
all-day Gorge Ride 2024
Gorge Ride 2024
Jun 15 all-day
Registration will open at www.gorgeride.eventbrite.com about February 1.  Advance registration closes at midnight, June 10. The ride extends 19.25 miles along the historic highway and state trail west to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West[…]
Jun
18
Tue
6:00 pm South Seattle Safe Streets Coali… @ Virtual via Zoom
South Seattle Safe Streets Coali… @ Virtual via Zoom
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Joint meeting between Rainier Valley Greenways & Beacon Hill Safe Streets.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
20
Thu
7:15 pm Point83 @ Westlake Park
Point83 @ Westlake Park
Jun 20 @ 7:15 pm
Point83 @ Westlake Park
Meet up in the center of the park at 7ish. Leave at 730. Every Thursday from now until forever rain or shine. Bikes, beers, illegal firepits, nachos, bottlerockets, timetraveling, lollygagging, mechanicals, good times.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
23
Sun
1:00 pm Redmond History Ride @ Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot
Redmond History Ride @ Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Redmond History Ride @ Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot | Redmond | Washington | United States
Join this 13 mile bike ride around Redmond at a Leisurely pace. We’ll visit various sites both old and new as I tell stories about the city that was once known as Salmonberg.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jun
24
Mon
5:30 pm Downtown Greenways monthly meeting
Downtown Greenways monthly meeting
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Last Monday of the month.  Join us! https://seattlegreenways.org/downtowngreenwaysShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
— Advertisements —

Latest on Mastodon

Loading Mastodon feed…