Our Pedals for the People program aims to increase access to complete bicycles, parts, accessories and service for those who experience barriers to affordable forms of transportation. Through the help of volunteers and donors, we refurbish bikes in our shop and provide them to low-income and marginalized people, in addition to repairing those already with a bike, for free or for a sliding scale donation. This popular initiative brings together members of our community to donate funding, time, energy, and care for one another.
Who is an ideal recipient?
The intent of this program is to provide affordable, sustainable transportation to members of our community who would otherwise be without. This includes people who are experiencing hardship in their lives that affect their overall wellbeing and their ability to obtain a bicycle.
How do I register?
To obtain an application form, come into Our Community Bikes in person and pick one up or email us. The application form will ask for some basic information about you and should be submitted with a referral letter from a social service agency, health and recovery service, or community organization of your choice. Individuals without a referral are accepted on a case by case basis, and can personally request and consult with PEDAL.
What happens next?
Submit your complete application form in person at Our Community Bikes or via email. Once your application is approved and received, you will be placed on a wait list and receive the next available bike that fits your height and specifications for accessibility. We will do our best to match you with a bike according to your preferences, but please be advised that due to limited resources, we cannot guarantee style preferences. We will, however, do our best to ensure a correct size as well as any specifications pertaining to physical abilities. There may be a long or very long wait for a bike. Once your bike is ready, we will contact you or your referring organization/contact to let you know and you can come pick it up within 2 weeks!
How can I help?
We encourage anyone to support the program by volunteering at Our Community Bikes and by donating your bicycles, parts, accessories, and tools. See our Donate page to find more ways to contribute.
Watch this space for periodic updates.
Call Out for Volunteers Fall 2016
The Pedals For the People 2016 Volunteer bike building program is looking for volunteers to take part in our fall round!!!
The program will run Tuesday nights 630-930 from September 6th through to November 22nd. The first four sessions are a structured bicycle building course where experienced mechanics will guide you through the process of refurbishing a used bicycle from top to bottom. You will work in pairs to build a Pedals for the People (PFTP) bicycle, which is provided for free or by-donation to community members in severe financial need. During the remaining 8 weeks, you will practice and hone these skills on additional PFTP bikes.
If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with, please email to email@example.com with ‘Volunteer Fall 2016’ in the subject line as soon as possible and we will send you more information. Please include some information about yourself, your preferred pronoun, your experience with bicycle mechanics (all levels accepted!), why you would like to participate, and if you are able to commit to all 12 weeks. Intake will be on a rolling basis and may fill up fast as this is a very popular volunteer opportunity!
Preference for positions in this course will be given to individuals who are typically marginalized in the bicycle and bicycle mechanics industries (through patriarchy, white supremacy, colonization, heteronormativity, ableism, and other oppressions). We strive to offer this program to folks of diverse identities and therefore encourage women, queer and trans people, people of colour, people who live with mental health and addictions issues (a commitment to sobriety during the course is required), and people with disabilities to apply and self-identify. The course involves working hands on with tools on bicycles, some reading, and participation in group activities. Our Community bikes is wheel chair accessible (accessibility audit forthcoming on our web site) and we are open to adapting our program to make it as inclusive as possible wherever we may be falling short. Please contact us for more information if you have any questions about these efforts.
We wish to acknowledge the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People and in particular the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Stó:lo and Skxwú7mesh peoples on whose land we stand. Keeping our shop environment welcoming and comfortable for everyone is our top priority. We believe that everyone deserves respect. While using the resources of Our Community Bikes we ask that you
• Respect the diversity of folks who use the space.
• Respect the physical and emotional boundaries of each individual.
• Be mindful of your word choices and conversation topics.
• Respect the names and pronouns of everyone. Allow people the space to define themselves.
• Be accountable for your own actions and recognize your own privilege and personal biases.
• Be open to feedback and discussion.
If someone in the space does not follow this policy, they will be kindly asked to leave and can return after taking a break and checking back in when they are ready.
We believe that everyone should feel comfortable doing D.I.Y. repairs regardless of ability, age, gender, identity, income, or sexual orientation.