We are a non-profit community bike shop dedicated to social justice, safer spaces, and bike access for all. But, we are also lovers of art! In an effort to showcase and support the artists in our community, we have erected a mini gallery space (~6’ W x 3’H) in our retail shop.
If you identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color), FTW (femme, trans, woman), or youth, we would love to have your art on display at our shop. The work you display can be for sale and 100% of proceeds from the sale of your work will go directly to you.
Art will be on display for 1-2 months. Art does not have to be bike-related. Art must be hung on the wall space above our accessory wall (this mainly accommodates visual art only).
Learn to Ride is rolling along! Cycles for Change has been teaching adults how to ride bicycles for seven seasons, and our classes are always in high demand. To help as many people as possible ride their bikes this summer, we have added additional times and dates to our Matthews Park (2318 29th Ave S) location in Minneapolis: Tuesdays 6:30-8p Wednesdays 6:30-8p Thursdays 6:30-8p Saturdays 10-11:30a Saturday 12-1:30p
In the past three months, we have had 107 people sign up for classes, and they have traveled from as far away as Champlin, Little Canada, Newport, and Wayzata to learn to pedal with us.
Learn to Ride is a sliding scale fee program. While it costs about $90 per participant for us to provide a fleet of bikes, helmets, staff, and support for students, we believe that the skill of learning to ride should be accessible to everyone. So the cost is a suggested $0-$150, and we encourage people to donate what they can to help us keep our program running smoothly.
Many of our students have never ridden a bicycle before. Sometimes it is because they lived in areas without safe infrastructure, or weren’t encouraged to learn, or they tried to learn and failed. Some of our students have ridden before, but it has been 30 years since the last time they were on a bike. Learn to Ride is for all of these people. Whatever the reason may be, we create a safer, supportive space full of enthusiasm for learning and trying new things.
For people who identify as BIPOC FTW (Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Femme, Trans, Women) we have been offering a special voucher program. We are offering a limited number of $400 vouchers to buy a bike for BIPOC FTWs who have attended three or more Learn to Ride classes and do not currently have a working bike. We hope to pursue funding to grow this program in the future so we can keep helping people get the tools they need to achieve their biking dreams!
Jae Hyun Shim (they/them, she/her) joined the Cycles for Change staff this month as our new Administrative Manager!
Jae Hyun was adopted from Korea transnationally/ transracially to Minnesota as a baby and has spent many years working in community-based nonprofits locally and international aid abroad. They currently organize around environmental justice, food sovereignty, and police abolition. To create joy and pleasure, they ride their bike and are part of a synchronized swim team, the Subversive Sirens. Along with other QTBIPOC pals, they also help co-create spaces where we not only see ourselves represented, but where we are centered.
This month, we welcomed Jackson Otto to our board!
Jackson is driven in his professional and personal life by a passion for social justice. As a human resources professional, he actively supports staff and enhances operations in nonprofits to accelerate the fulfillment of their missions in the community. He believes deeply in the transformative potential of bicycles – to build community, empower individuals, and foster equity in our society. Jackson resides in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis where he rides bike for practical, fitness, and leisure reasons and appreciates how exceptionally bike-able the Twin Cities are for all. When he isn’t on his bike, Jackson is either walking his three dogs, playing a board game with friends, or catching up with family.