Cycles for Change is a non-profit organization working at the intersection of social justice and the bicycle movement. We are grounded in the values of equity, justice, inclusion and self-empowerment. We believe it is essential to establish gender equity and safe(r) spaces for underrepresented and marginalized people on bikes. Cycles for Change centers femme, trans, women, and gender non-conforming peoples; and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and youth within our work.
Our goal is to create platforms that authentically cultivate leadership development and social consciousness through bicycles and community involvement. Cycles for Change implements a variety of programs to accomplish our goal. Face-to-face connection and creating a welcoming environment are central to all of our programs.
Cycles for Change is built on the legal charter of the Yellow Bike Coalition (YBC). YBC was founded in 1996 as an early bike share system in St. Paul.
In 2001, the Sibley Bike Depot was founded. Sibley Bike Depot was a commuter hub providing support to commuters in downtown St. Paul. The Sibley Bike Depot was a supportive partnering organization in the early Minnesota effort to build a state-wide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group.
In 2007, the Sibley Bike Depot dropped the statewide advocacy component of their mission and refocused on building a community organization to engage and empower low-income communities and communities of color with access and education around bicycling and bike maintenance.
In 2008, Sibley Bike Depot moved from its downtown St. Paul location to the vibrant, diverse Frogtown neighborhood in March 2008.
February 2012, the Sibley Bike Depot became Cycles for Change. The organization felt that the name Cycles for Change more closely embodied the organization’s vision for utilizing the bicycle as a tool for community building, leadership development, and progressive social change.
Cycles for Change expanded in size to having two official community shops with the acquisition of the Spokes Bike Walk Connect bike center. Cycles for Change St. Paul was a supporting partner launching Spokes in 2012. Cycles for Change Minneapolis is located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.
In August 2017, Cycles for Change’s Minneapolis location move to 2010 26th Ave. S. in the Seward neighborhood. This move created the perfect opportunity for a Minneapolis retail operation to sell used bikes and new and used parts. Our Community Open Shop and Grease Rag programs continue to thrive in this nicer, updated space in a more accessible location.