Ride to the Wild Springs Festival with C4C – July 16-17!

WildSpringsFestivalEat For Equity, Lily Springs Farm and Sky Water Studios present Wild Springs Festival – a weekend of food, music, and community – located biking-distance from the Twin Cities on July 16-17th. Register here!

Fill your belly. Get your hands dirty. Show up and be surprised. Stay the night under the stars, or come just for the day.

MUSIC: Wailing Loons, One Ukulele, King Fish Crow, Flatwater Mississippi, Eli Utne Music, Luke Graner, Ruth B8r Ginsburg, Andrew Jansen // LOUD SUN, Jacob Champlin and The Blue Jays, Ingrid Snook Music, Live Karaoke SuperJam, and more to be announced from Sky Water Studios!

FEAST: Local and organic snacks, dinner, and breakfast from Eat for Equity. All food and beverages are included in your ticket. Late night wood-fired WildEarth WoodFired Pizza. Beer from Fair State Brewing Cooperative.

ADVENTURE: Canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, yoga, lakeside camping, truth or dare. Ride to the farm with Cycles for Change – sign up for the ride at checkout when you get you festival ticket from Eventbrite. For more information on the ride, contact [email protected] or 612-787-7433.

Volunteer at the festival for a discounted ticket. Come with three friends for a group discount. Kids under 12 come free.

We’re Mississippi Market’s Positive Change June Recipient!

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Throughout the month of June, shoppers at all three Mississippi Market locations in St. Paul will have the chance to donate to Cycles for Change through the Positive Change program.

The Positive Change program is designed for non-profit organizations with missions dedicated to the environment, sustainable agriculture, and food access. This program enables shoppers to round up their purchases or donate 10¢ credits when they bring their own reusable bags to shop. The Positive Change recipients collect donations from a one month time period from all three Mississippi Market store locations. It may just be a few cents or spare change, but the impact on our community is astounding.

Mississippi Market locations:

622 Selby Ave.
1500 7th St. W.
740 E. 7th St.

Meet #YBS16 Keynote Speaker Jaquelin Palestino

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Cycles for Change is very proud that two of our youth apprentices will be taking the stage to present keynote addresses during the sixth annual Youth Bike Summit, 27-29 May 2016. Today, we’d like to introduce Jaquelin Palestino.

Jaquelin is a 15-year-old sophomore at Community of Peace Academy in Saint Paul. She was inspired to get involved at Cycles for Change after a staff member gave a presentation at her school.

Currently, Jaquelin is finishing her second year in  the youth apprentice program. She helps staff our free weekly open shop nights, including Grease Rag, which is an open shop for women-, transgender-, and femme-identifying people.

“I used to be really shy and quiet but now I see myself going to meetings and speaking up,” she said. Jaquelin has built confidence by getting out of her comfort zone and getting involved in the community.

Jaquelin said she wants to help other people bike because it’s good for the environment and because of the sense of pride one can gain from working on their own bike. “You don’t have to depend on others,” she said. “With cars, you need gas and insurance.”

At the Youth Bike Summit, Jaquelin wants to share her experience building confidence in herself.

Jaquelin is planning to go to college after she finishes high school. She doesn’t know yet what she’d like to study, but we’re sure she’ll do well wherever she goes next.

Come hear Jaquelin tell her story at the Youth Bike Summit. Registration is $35 for youth and $75 for adults. Register here.

Volunteers Needed for Youth Bike Summit!

The Youth Bike Summit is coming up in two weeks, and we are looking to get volunteers signed up who are interested in helping out!

The Youth Bike Summit is a national three-day conference held annually that brings together educators, activists, and community leaders to focus on the intersections of youth, bicycles, and advocacy. The theme for this year’s conference is Momentum, so we’re engaging folks from different disciplines and backgrounds to explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change.

This year, the summit will be hosted over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. We’re looking for volunteers to help with registration/check-in, direct folks to/from workshops, facilitate our Slow Roll group bike ride, and more. If you know you’ll be available and are interested in signing up for a shift, here’s the sign-up form.

If you’d like to participate in the workshops and keynote addresses in addition to your volunteer shift, please take a moment to register for the Youth Bike Summit as well.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Henry Kellison ([email protected]) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the Youth Bike Summit!

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!