Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
You can learn bicycle repair skills and benefit your community at the new Santa Cruz Bicycle Exchange! The Exchange provides refurbished bicycles to those in need in Santa Cruz County. In addition to keeping unwanted bicycles out of the landfill, this service provides a clean and healthy form of transportation to those who could otherwise not afford it.
We use donated bicycles and entirely volunteer labor to make all bicycles safe and fully functional. The Exchange distributes the repaired bicycles through existing Santa Cruz County social service agencies including Barrios Unidos, the Walnut Ave Women’s Center, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz and Community Bridges.
The model for this non-profit is the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange (http://www.bikex.org), in operation for 21 years. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange delivered 600 bicycles to Santa Clara County social service agencies in 2013.
Scott, leader/head mechanic of this organization is an excellent educator, who really encourages those without skills to learn and enjoy this project. While the stated purpose is to refurbish bikes to give to organizations and children who need them, it is clear that Scott makes it a goal to teach unskilled volunteers to work on bikes. You don't have to know bikes to feel like you are doing good work here and in the process, you WILL get to know more about bicycles! 5 star organization.