Earning Your Everyday Bike

Thanh -- May 17th, 2010

This is a continuation of a series of posts for Bike Month.

Everyday Bikes! bicycle repair shop

Everyday Bikes! bicycle repair shop

Everyday Bikes! has been posted about here on hburgnews before. Everyday Bikes! is a bicycle project that promotes commuter biking for the Harrisonburg community. The project started in Spring 2008 with the goal to help people with low or no income get bicycles to use as inexpensive, reliable, and pollution-free transportation. Everyday Bikes! was started by New Community Project, a local non-profit, and other members of the Harrisonburg Community and is sustained by donations and volunteers.

Daniel Brumbaugh-Keeney, a volunteer with New Community Project who is also the point-of-contact for the project, estimates that last year over 100 bicycles were distributed to members of the community and that three to four times that number of repairs were done at Everyday Bikes! Last year, Everyday Bikes! was only open on Mondays from 10-3pm. Now, they have added more days and are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm to help more people.

During these times, people who need bicycles can stop by and volunteer their time to earn their own bicycle. Generally, their time is spent working with Brumbaugh-Keeney and other volunteers to fix up the bicycle that they will get to take home with them. Some people like to build a bicycle from scratch and parts, while others like to just tinker with a bicycle that is pretty much together and do relatively minor repairs to it. Brumbaugh-Keeney says that one of his goals is to teach people to do maintenance and repairs on their own bicycles and “demystify the process.” He described an individual who came to Everyday Bikes! who said that he didn’t know you could fix a bike; that he thought once it was broken it was trash.

People who already own a bicycle can also stop by Everyday Bikes! to receive help repairing or doing maintenance to their bicycle and are asked to contribute what they can. Others stop by Everyday Bikes! to volunteer their time to help others and to hang out.

In addition to being a place to earn a bicycle and get your bicycle repaired, Everyday Bikes! is also intended to be a place for community building, and being located on the Our Community Place (OCP) property at 17 E Johnson Street Everyday Bikes! shares OCP’s vision for a community center.

Equipment donations can be dropped off at Everyday Bikes! during open hours. Equipment donations and monetary donations can be arranged by contacting Tom Benevento at tbenevento [at] newcommunityproject [dot] org.

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One Response to “Earning Your Everyday Bike”

  1. Renee says:

    It’s nice to know really great programs like this are in our community!

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