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          Bike Collective Network

          The mission of the Bike Collective Network is to strengthen and encourage communication and resource sharing between existing and future community bike shops. Collectively we can improve a bigger wheel as opposed to re-inventing smaller ones.

          Join over 600 like minded individuals from over 300 similar organizations across the world on The Think Tank email list.

          This wiki is here to help bike collectives collaborate and share ideas.Whether you are an advocate, mechanic, or just someone who likes to ride -- anyone can freely edit the content of this site.A history of all changes ensures that nothing is lost.

          See FAQ about contributing to this wiki.

          Lists of Organizations

          • List of Community Bicycle Organizations
          • List of International Bicycle Aid Organizations

          Starter Kits

          Just starting out?Looking to expand? Before you do anything crazy, start planning!Set clear goals and the path to meeting those goals will also become clear. Follow hundreds of similar organizations by using and contributing to these free online resources...

          1. Organizational Models
          2. Legal Filings
          3. Insurance
          4. Accounting
          5. Fundraising
          6. Publicity
            • FREE PICKLE Day
          7. Strategic Planning
          8. Over 300 examples of Community Bicycle Organizations and International Bicycle Aid Organizations.
          9. Teaching Resources
          10. Common Activities:
            • Community Bike Shop: Providing bicycle tools, parts, used bikes and mechanical expertise to the public.
            • Earn-a-Bike: Programs that allow people to literally earn a bike through learning or volunteer work, sometimes focused exclusively on youth.
            • Valet Bike Parking: Providing corralled areas where volunteers watch your bike while you enjoy an event.
            • Safety Education: The League of American Bicyclists has a nicely pre-packaged program called Smart Cycling which includes a Bike Rodeo Kit.
            • Mechanical Training: Park Tool has a nicely pre-packaged program called the Park Tool School.
            • Helmet Distribution
            • Bicycle Art: Following Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle old bikes and parts are turned into works of art.
            • Bicycle Advocacy: Many Community Bicycle Organizations concentrate on the grass roots elements of educating and getting people on bikes.However some organizations, or at least some of their members, are also involved in traditional bicycle advocacy.
            • Women's Only Night: Encouraging more women and transgender people to get involved and learn in a comfortable space without men.
            • Commercial Bike Racks: Providing outdoor bike racks and installation local businesses and cities.
          11. Organization Building Resources:
            • Alliance for Walking and Biking has contributed to this wiki, and also has an incredibly valuable Resource Library for members.

          Community Bike Shop

          Providing bicycle tools, parts, used bikes and mechanical expertise to the public.

          1. Bike and Part Donations: acquisition, sorting and re-sale.
          2. Shop Location
          3. Staffing: paid, volunteer or both.
          4. Shop Organization
          5. Shop Recycling
          6. Volunteer Handbook
          7. Layout
          8. Rules
          9. Hours
          10. Capital Improvement Plans
          11. Proper Bike Fit
          12. Maintenance Classes
          13. Software

          Earn-a-Bike

          Programs that allow people to literally earn a bike through learning or volunteer work, sometimes focused exclusively on youth.

          Conferences/Gatherings

          • Bike!Bike! is an annual international conference of nonprofit bike collectives and other bicycle projects.
          • Bike!Bike! Southeast 2012 is in Birmingham, Alabama, March 23-25.
          • Youth Bike Summit is organized by Recycle-a-Bicycle in New York City every year.

          Past Conferences

          • Bike!Bike! Northeast in Toronto, ON Canada - May 17-20, 2019
          • Bike!Bike! in Los Angeles, CA USA - September 27-30, 2018
          • Bike!Bike! Southeast in Columbia, SC USA - March 15-18, 2018
          • Bike!Bike! in Winnipeg, MB Canada - August 24-27, 2017
          • Bike!Bike! Southeast in Alexandria, VA USA - March 16-19, 2017
          • Bike!Bike! in Detroit, MI USA - September 28-October 2, 2016
          • Bike!BIke! in Guadalajara, Mexico - October 1-4, 2015
          • Bike!Bike! in Columbus, OH USA - August 28-31, 2014
          • Bike!Bike! Southeast in Tallahassee, FL USA - March 13-17, 2014
          • Bike!Bike! in New Orleans, LA USA - October 2-6, 2013
          • Bike!Bike! in Vancouver, BC Canada - June 21-24 , 2012
          • Bike!Bike! in San Marcos, Tx USA - June 2011
          • BiciBici! in Davis CA - April 2011
          • Bike!Bike! in Toronto, Ontario August 2010
          • Bike!Bike! in San Francisco, CA - Autumn 2008