March 28, 2020 Update

Greetings Cycles for Change community –

In these difficult times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we wish you health and safety as you navigate social distancing recommendations and other widespread impacts being felt in many aspects of life. 

This message is to provide an update on the Cycles for Change shop and inventory. As part of our ongoing efforts to pay any creditors and determine next steps, we have been in discussions with Lowertown Bike Shop since December to value the inventory and see if it could be possible for a nonprofit bike shop to continue in the current location. While we felt we were close to achieving that outcome, it was not possible to come to terms that would work for all parties. As of earlier this week, Cycles for Change has come to an agreement to sell all of its inventory to Lowertown Bike Shop.  This includes all bikes, bike equipment, tools, office supplies, and shop fixtures. 

Lowertown Bike Shop (LBS), located at the Union Depot in St. Paul, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sustainable transportation options using recycled bikes and parts. LBS provides educational opportunities to promote health, safety, environmental awareness, and connectedness within our community.  We are grateful for Lowertown Bike Shop’s dedication to and support of Cycles for Change in this difficult time and thank them deeply for the time and energy their team has put forth throughout this negotiation process. Their approach to building community through bicycles aligns with Cycles for Change’s mission, and they remain a steadfast resource to folks looking for bicycle parts and service.

In addition to selling inventory, Cycles for Change has terminated its lease at the shop at 2010 26th Avenue South and plans to leave the space by the end of March 2020. With Cycles for Change vacating its space on 26th Avenue, mail will be forwarded to a PO Box in the neighborhood. 

The Cycles for Change Board did not take this decision lightly. However, given the organization’s financial needs, selling the inventory and vacating its storefront was the only realistic avenue available to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is also working hard to determine the future of the Learn to Ride and Open Shop programs. After evaluating submissions from the Learn to Ride Request for Proposals, the board is in discussion with a potential vendor to carry out Learn to Ride activities in 2020. Discussions focus around how the program can be carried out under the terms of the CMAQ grant administered by the Metropolitan Council and how the program can respond to current and possible future restrictions of activities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The board will provide updates about the Learn to Ride and Open Shop programs when more details are confirmed. 

If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to reach the Cycles for Change Board is via the [email protected] email address.

Sincerely,

C4C Board of Directors