We’re on a Bike Mission!
In 2005, a local high school student was inspired to start bike recycling in Boulder, saving bikes he saw heading to the landfill. He began to collect, repair, and sell refurbished bikes, donating the profits to charity. In 2006, Community Cycles registered for 501(c)3 status and opened our nonprofit bike shop – a welcoming shop where people can repair their bikes, take classes and workshops, and volunteer.
Working with other community organizations to promote cycling , we continued to donate refurbished bikes locally and abroad. An after-school program teaching low-income kids about bike riding skills and mechanics started that year, and led to the Earn-A-Bike program.
In 2008 we began working with the City of Boulder to organize our City’s Bike to Work Day. In the first year, Community Cycles expanded the week-long event into a month-long celebration, while growing bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day by more than 50%.
In the past several years, we’ve evolved: we have added a Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway for the winter holidays, increased our staff, and taken on additional contracts and projects supporting bike commuting in our community, including workplace-based bike commuter workshops, bike parking installations, and the Bike-Friendly Business program.