REI – Bloomington Bike Drive this Saturday!

REI – Bloomington is hosting a Bike Drive for C4C tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 from 9:00am-3:00pm!

We are most in need of good quality, repairable bikes that we can fix up to sell in our retail shops. Proceeds from our retail sales go toward operating expenses and our bike equity work.

If you can’t make it out to Bloomington, you can also drop off a donation at the Minneapolis or St. Paul shops during normal Saturday hours, 10:00am-5:00pm.

Find more info here.

Apply Now For Our Bike Grant Program!

Learn to Ride class pictureAre you looking to learn bike safety and maintenance skills, participate in community activities, and earn a bike to keep? Do you live near our Frogtown or Seward neighborhood shops? We want you to apply for our Bike Grant Program! Find the application here.

The Bike Grant Program is designed to support individuals as leaders on bikes within the bicycling community and as bicycles intersect with other community-based initiatives in the Twin Cities. The program will focus on those who live or work close to our Minneapolis and St. Paul shops, and are part of underrepresented communities in the bicycling movement, including women, trans, and queer-gendered individuals, people of color, youth, recent immigrants, and low-income individuals. In order to earn their bicycle, participants must attend three Community Involvement Activities within three months of their final orientation date. Learn more here.

Eat for Equity to Host Fundraising Dinner for C4C

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This month, Eat for Equity is helping C4C build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists by hosting a fundraising dinner at the Minnesota Transportation Museum on April 30th!

Your supper money will support us in creating a Twin Cities region where everyone has access to a bicycle, tools, and the knowledge to ride safely and confidently, as well as our youth apprentice training and employment program, adult learn to ride classes, weekly open shops and volunteer nights, women and trans specific programming, a monthly Equity Council, and bicyclist and bike equity advocacy.

We will also be leading a group bike ride to the event! The ride will be about 6.5 miles total. Minneapolis riders will meet at 5:15pm near the Dunn Bros bike racks (4648 E. Lake St.) and leave at 5:30pm. Arrive at C4C St. Paul at 6:00pm to meet St. Paul riders and leave at 6:15pm. Arrive at Minnesota Transportation Museum (193 Pennsylvania Ave. E.) at 6:45pm. Bike lights, locks, and helmets required. Riders under 18 must be with parent or guardian. Since attendees can leave the dinner at any time, there is no organized bike ride back. The Green Line Capitol/Rice station is located 1.2 mile from the museum.

All are welcome at this house-party style feast. RSVP and give what you can as your donation, either ahead of time or at the door.

Hosted by the Minnesota Transportation Museum at its historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, a former steam engine maintenance facility that is one of the last of its kind in the country. Travel through history with working vintage trains, buses, and in-depth exhibits.”

The meal will be made entirely by volunteers – maybe even you! Find more info here.

Sign-up for our new E-Newsletter– and sign-up to volunteer

Cycles for Change is growing! We’ve decided to add a real database to help serve our communities and participants. But to make this work we need your help!

First, please sign-up for our new newsletter here.  If you do not sign-up on this new system, you will not continue to receive our newsletter.

Second, if you are interested in volunteering at Cycles for Change, please sign-up here.

Thanks!

Shops Closing Early Thursday for Staff Retreat

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Cycles for Change is holding an all staff retreat this Thursday and Friday and will be closing both the Minneapolis and St. Paul shops at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th to make sure all staff can attend. There will be no Volunteer Night this week in Minneapolis. There is no regularly scheduled programming or retail hours at either shop on Fridays. Normal retail hours and open shop programming at both shops will resume on Saturday, February 27th. Volunteer Night in Minneapolis will resume next Thursday, March 3rd. Thanks!

Register Now for 2016 Youth Bike Summit!

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Registration is now live for the 2016 Youth Bike Summit hosted by Cycles for Change at Macalester College the weekend of May 27-29, 2016! Early bird pricing is $25/youth and $50/adult. Prices go up after April 15! And remember, you still have time to submit a workshop proposal–deadline for applications has been extended to March 1, with selected presenters notified by March 15. Find more info at youthbikesummit.org!

Check Out Our Learn-to-Ride 2015 Report!

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Cycles for Change taught over 100 people how to ride a bike in 2015. These courses have a huge impact on people’s lives—the smiles on participant’s faces when they are balancing and pedaling are gold.

Our learn-to-ride courses consist of the most diverse group of people you might see in the Twin Cities. We have participants who have recently immigrated to the U.S., as well as people whose ancestors came to this country over 100 years ago.

Read the full report here.

We’re Hiring!

Cycles for Change is Hiring!

C4C is looking to bring on a full-time (35 hours/week) seasonal staff member to support the implementation of a variety of programs this spring and summer including our Bike Grant program, which provides free bicycles plus commuter support and training to low-income community members, and our adult Learn-to-Ride class which teaches adults how to ride a bike. The Program Associate will also support other classes and programs such as Open Shop, Volunteer Night, and group rides. We’re looking for someone great, so apply today! Deadline for applications is February 26, 2016.

Winter Cycling Congress

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From the Winter Cycling Congress 2016 website: The Winter Cycling Congress will be held February 2-4, 2016 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This is a three-day professional development event uniting a diverse and international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. Now, in its fourth year, the Winter Cycling Congress aims to deliver a vibrant exchange about the use of the bicycle in a season when there are real and perceived barriers preventing people from realizing all the benefits year-round cycling can support in terms of health, wealth, happiness and equality.

Cycles for Change will be presenting a breakout session on Thursday titled “Breaking down invisible (and visible) barriers to equity on the bike.” In this session, participants will learn how the bicycle has been a tool for improving quality of life and building a diverse and empowered community of people who ride bikes. They will hear from instructors, students, and volunteers about the important role nonprofit organizations have played in promoting bicycling–particularly through adult learn to ride courses–in three very different cities: Detroit, Minneapolis, and Amsterdam.

C4C is also co-sponsoring a pre-conference event Monday, February 1, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Details here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cycling-instructor-class-tickets-20805838824

Find more info at: http://wintercyclingcongress2016.org/