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 in 2007, and grew to become our 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 Walk and Bike Month, a community-wide celebration of cycling, while growing bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day by more than 50%.
In the past several years, we’ve grown even more, adding the Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway where we gift over 400 bicycles to low-income children and families in our community. We’ve increased our staff, and taken on additional contracts and projects supporting bike commuting in our community, teaching workplace-based bike commuter workshops, installing bike parking at businesses and organizations, and launching the Bike-Friendly Business program, among others!.