The mission of the Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households.
The Collective was founded in April of 2002, by five enthusiastic bicycle advocates. We set out to share the virtues of bicycling with our community and build the bicycling environment with a creative advocacy organization. Along with providing the gathering place, tools, education, art projects, and shop services, the Collective is about having fun while helping others.
The founders of the Collective know the benefits of bicycling for transportation and want more people to travel by bike. Why? We believe this form of clean, healthy transportation is not only more sustainable but more enjoyable. In addition, by putting more bicyclists on the road, we are creating safer conditions for existing bicyclists as motorists become more aware of bicyclists on the road.
To convert more would-be bicycle commuters, we are partnering with the city, county, and state governments to provide the knowledge of safe and effective cycling. Our goal is to instruct bicycle mechanics and maintenance to as many people as possilbe. With knowledge and experience, bicycle commuting can become more convenient and efficient than any other form of transportation around town.
It is our commitment to cycling in the state of Utah that has led us to create educational programs and provide refurbished bicycles back to the community. The Collective provides the following community services:
- Refurbished bicycles for nominal resale and charity purposes
- Community bike shops in Salt Lake, Ogden, and Provo with full tool sets for bicycle repair
- Bicycle parking at the Downtown Farmer's Market, Twilight Concert Series, Utah Arts Festival and other events
- Earn-A-Bike program for kids
- Bicycle mechanic courses and certifications
- Frame building courses
- The distribution of free bikes to the neediest members of our community
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Some of the Collective's accomplishments for 2013 at the Salt Lake Shop:
- Refurbished 1989 bicycles that are now providing the world's most efficient transportation to their new owners
- Refurbished and donated 559 (and counting!) bicycles to low income families (including through the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Catholic Community Services, First Step House, and The 4th Street Clinic)
- Exhibited a piece in the Leonardo Center's Green Revolution Show
- Parked 10464 bikes at our Bike Valet at the Downtown Farmer's Market, the Gallivan Twilight Concert Series, and other community events such as the Utah Arts Festival and the Outdoor Retailers Show.
- Trained 315 kids to become bike mechanics through the “Earn-a-Bike” course offered through partnerships with YouthCity, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the IRC.
- Took 234 kids on 23 mountain bike trips to Bonneville Shoreline Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Jordan River Parkway.
Thank you for your support toward our continued success!