Many folks know Bike Works for their Community Bike Shop, the iconic yellow house in the heart of Columbia City on S Ferdinand St just off Rainier Ave. Since 1996, they’ve been selling beautiful and funky refurbished, recycled, and new bikes at super affordable prices, plus an assortment of new & used parts and both practical & stylish accessories.
What you may not know is that they’re also a community nonprofit organization using the bicycle as a vehicle for social change by empowering youth and building resilient communities.
Last year, Bike Works served 1,755 youth through their bicycle ridership, ownership, and leadership programs. 75% of those participants were on full or partial scholarship. Together, those youth rode over 4,689 miles! Many of the youth who spend their time at Bike Works start with their Earn-A-Bike program for young people between the ages of 9 and 17. First, each participant learns to repair a bike that is given away to the community. Then, they repair a second bicycle to keep. Bike Works doesn’t just teach self-sufficiency, but also that we all depend on one another, and play a role in giving back.
Do you know a youth who’d like to register for a class or camp? Learn more here.
Adults—you can also learn the basics of bike mechanics and give the bike you fix back to the community, too! Bike Repair 101 is a six-week evening bicycle maintenance course for adults. If you’ve already got the basics down, try Bike Works’ wheel building course, taught by their shop manager and their lead mechanic!
Looking for a fun and relaxed way to volunteer your time? Every Thursday evening and Sunday morning, volunteers convene at Bike Works warehouse for collegial, drop-in Volunteer Repair Parties. Everyone from the beginner to the experienced bike mechanic shows up to give back to the community by working on refurbishing kids bikes that get safety-checked and then given to children ages 2 to 8 in the community who cannot afford to buy a bike.
RECYCLING & REUSING BIKES
Where do the bikes Bike Works builds, refurbishes, uses in classes, and gives away come from? Individuals & organizations all over King County donate them! Bike Works’ Recycle & Reuse team are experts at salvaging every part of the bike, and ensuring that as many bikes as possible get back on the road. They divert more than 212,000 pounds from the waste stream—that’s about 7,000 bikes!
Do you have bikes, bike parts, or accessories to donate? Find the drop-off location closest to you.
Bike Works’ warehouse is open every Wednesday and Saturday to the public to shop for parts and ‘as-is’ bikes, and on Saturdays for adults to use their tools with the help of a professional mechanic.
Visit the Bike Works warehouse and bike shop, located just one block apart in Columbia City:
Bike Works Community Bike Shop
3709 S Ferdinand St
Seattle, WA 98118
Bike Works Warehouse
3715 S Hudson St (Lower Level)
Seattle, WA 98118