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Community Bike Kitchen Keeps on Rolling!

Read on to learn about our new Women and Trans Open Hours, how you can get involved, and modified hours during the holidays.

Thanks for a great 2015 - Looking forward to 2016!

 

Since opening in June 2013, the Community Bike Kitchen has thrived as a hands-on workshop – providing tools, space and mechanics’ knowledge for bike repair and also volunteer opportunities to earn a new set of wheels. But really the bike kitchen is more than just bikes - sharing space, learning from each other and creating community is what brings us together each week at the kitchen. Our dedicated volunteers have led the way in creating this community space.

As we head into the holiday season, we have a couple updates. The kitchen will be closed the weeks of December 21 and 28. The general open hours will resume in the new year on Tuesday, January 5 and Wednesday, January 6 from 6-8pm.

And starting Sunday, January 3rd from 12-2pm, the bike kitchen will host Women and Trans Open Hours - see below for more information on this great new program.

As always, keep up with the bike kitchen through facebook (facebook.com/CommunityBikeKitchenAtJeffersonSchool) and our website:

www.eurekabikekitchen.org

 

Ride on!
- The Community Bike Kitchen Steering Committee

Women and Trans Open Hours Starting Sunday, January 3rd!

                           
Starting on January 3, 2016, the Community Bike Kitchen will begin a special Women/Trans day from 12-2 p.m. on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of every month! During these hours, the shop will be operated by women, trans or genderqueer volunteers, and will be open exclusively to folks who identify as such. While we strive to make the Bike Kitchen open and accessible to everyone during our regular hours, we recognize that tool shops and mechanical activities have traditionally been male dominated, and are often uncomfortable or intimidating to others, which results in a gender imbalance. This program is a conscious effort to create a safe and welcoming space that encourages more women and gender minorities to learn, share, and participate. By addressing the special needs of certain groups, we hope to create a stronger, more inclusive and diverse biking community overall. The Bike Kitchen needs volunteers to help to run this program! If you are interested in being involved, learning more about bike mechanics, or already have mechanical skills that you’d like to share, please contact Jess at Dorkus.malorcus@gmail.com.

 

Bike Kitchen Member Profile - Kelly Lager

Kelly Lager is an Army veteran who served during the Post-Vietnam era from 1975 - 1978 as a heavy equipment operator. Today he enjoys riding his bike and has a better knowledge of the mechanics of bikes and how they properly function because of a flier he saw that brought him to the Bike Kitchen. Before that he had a very simple, basic knowledge of how to repair bikes. Since he walked in and started volunteering 14 months ago he has built four bikes from the frame up and salvaged two others. All six were sold and have brought in the type of funds that help keep the kitchen going.

 

Kelly says, “The idea of a bike kitchen is a very good concept for the simple reason that it gives the community of bike riders a place where they can go to learn how to repair their bicycles - discarding the myth of thinking that you have to discard the old one.” Kelly also remarks, "The bike kitchen is in a good location and very accessible. You don’t need a lot of money. For those who are not mechanically inclined it is well supervised with certified mechanics, who also volunteer their time, and well-stocked with an abundance of parts and tools." You can find Kelly volunteering each Tuesday and Wednesday and see him in action in the back of the kitchen.

Bike Kitchen Screen-printed Shirts and Jerseys Still Available

Screen-printed shirts and cycling jerseys with the bike kitchen logo are available for purchase at the bike kitchen! Shirts are available for $10 and all proceeds benefit the bike kitchen.
 


 

Help support the bike kitchen as we move into a new space in 2016 on the Jefferson Community Center campus. Cash and material donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsorship with local non-profit Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA). Stop by the bike kitchen during open hours to make a donation or a check can be written to RCAA with Bike Kitchen in the memo field and sent to RCAA 904 G Street, Eureka, CA 95501.

Have an old bike, tools or parts to donate? The Community Bike Kitchen gladly accepts donations during open hours or you can send an email to eurekacommunitybikekitchen@gmail.com or call (707) 269-2061 for more information.

The Community Bike Kitchen general open hours are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8pm. Women and Trans open hours are 12-2pm on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays. We are located in the Jefferson Community Center at 1000 B Street, Eureka.

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