Though our community workshop stays busy year-round with programming, recycle-a-bicycle classes, and, of course, our annual Cranksgiving event, we’ve have a busy year to-date, with more than 2,000 workshop visitors (and counting!).

Since the beginning of 2019, we’ve recycled 625 bicycles back into the community (thank you for your donations!). Our recycle-a-bicycle instructors have taught recycle-a-bicycle and future commuters classes and hosted pop-up bike shops at 18 schools and churches.

Thanks to the generous support of Independent Health and donations from our supporters, we were able to offer free bike repair at 12 events and locations throughout Western New York, including the Buffalo and Erie County Library, Friends of Night People, Fuzz Fest II in Tonawanda, and Project Connect Niagara. Mobile repair events allow us to help folks who can’t afford to have their bikes serviced or can’t make it to our shop in North Buffalo. This summer alone, we have helped more than 100 bicycle riders have smoother, less squeaky adventures. We were repaid with smiles, songs, new friends, high fives, and so many chicken nuggets.

We were also able to give last year’s Volunteer of the Year, John Cotter, his first job. John quickly became a favorite of members and customers visiting the shop. His enthusiasm for bikes and a strong work ethic made him an invaluable member of our summer shop team.

Thank you to the 50 volunteers who collectively volunteered more than 700 hours at the workshop—your support is pivotal to our success.