In addition to great for-profit bike shops, the East Bay is also home to a number of non-profit community shops offering services such as bike repair and instruction, used bicycle sales, youth training and earn-a-bike programs, and more!
Bikery and Oakland UpCycle
Cycles of Change in East Oakland is seeking additional bike donations in an attempt to increase from 200 to 300 the number of refurbished bicycles given away to low-income residents in the East Bay. Recipients also receive a helmet, lock, lights and four hours of instruction in urban riding from the Oakland UpCycle program.
“We make sure they know how to ride safely and make sure they don’t lose the bike,” says Binky Brown, the Oakland UpCycle outreach coordinator.
Each class consists of about 12 clients from a range of community organizations, including women’s shelters, refugee services, vocational projects and homeless shelters. Bikes are refurbished and classes are taught at the Bikery, a shop collectively run by Cycles of Change.
Street Level Cycles
Spokes believes that a community that cycles together will be healthier, kinder and more caring to one another with increased social interaction in nature. They aim to get more people on wheels, to encourage independence through mobility and to build closer relationships between people.
On top of organizing community rides, Spokes also screens bike movies, investigative documentaries produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and cook breakfast for our neighbors once a month. Spokes also participates in community events with bicycle demos, bike rodeos and provide valet bike parking to events all around the Bay Area.
The Family Bike Collective in a project of the Spokes non-profit organization that is dedicated to developing the next generation of cyclists. We get children and youths on bicycles that fit their bodies, abilities and ambitions and encourage them to start riding early, ride lifelong.
- Changing Gears: 650 W. Ranger Ave, Alameda. Info here
- Street Level Cycles: 84 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley. Info here
- The Bikery/Cycles of Change: 1246 23rd Ave., Oakland. Info here
- Rich City Rides: 1500 Macdonald Ave., Richmond. Info here
- Scraper Bikes “The Shed”: Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland. Info and schedule here
- Union City Teen Workshop: 33623 Mission Blvd., Union City. Info here
- Spokeland: 813 37th St., Oakland. Info here
- Biketopia Community Workshop: 1752 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley.Info here