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Community Bike Programs: California





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If you have bikes to donate or contribute, many of the organizations on this page are willing recipients. If you cannot find an organization in your community, you should also check the programs listed on our " youth program directory" and " international recycling bicycles" pages.).  Still no luck, check locally for social service agency that serve the homeless, disadvantaged, orphanages, organize gift programs at Christmas, etc. (If you have additions or corrections for this list please let us know. )

* To discourage email harvesting, the email addresses in this directory are un-hyperlinked and have an extra space in them.  To use the email address: cut-and-paste the address and delete the space before the @ symbol.  For those of you with honorable intentions we are sorry for the inconvenience in communicating with these fine organizations.

Directory of Community Bike Programs:  California

Arcata Library Bike, 101 South "G" Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Tel: 707-822-1122. Email:  librarybike  *. Note: We received a message that they were in hiatus (closed) because of lack of funds but the website is still up (Jan 08).

From 2002-04 they loaned out 1465 bikes. They have taken over a downtown Chevy car garage and the shop has become a bike transit center! They are California's largest bicycle recycler.

"Arcata Library Bikes loans bikes like loaning a library book. We take a $20 deposit, have the rider sign a waiver, and give the bike out for 6 months. We use donated bikes that would have gone to landfills or the waste stream. They are in peoples back yards, with flat tires, so the donated bikes just need a little care to get them ready for a new life in Library Bike service. By providing the public a bike that is ready to go, with air in the tires, that is already maintained effects more bike riding by the public.

"We have solved the liability insurance problem in California, by running decent bikes, safety checked, rider waiver form signed, and over 5 year history with no claims. For more details on this, contact us.

"We save the best donated bikes for those riders who promise not to drive a car while borrowing our bike. We call these promise bikes. We have over 300 promise bikes loaned out. To our city this mean 300 less car parking places are needed. If you check up on the price of making a garage for 300 cars you will find construction costs of over $600,000. So go out and tell your cities how to save this money by sponsoring you Library Bikes and Promise Bikes programs. We can help you with this if you want."

Changing Gears, 650 West Ranger Ave, Unit C-2, Alameda, CA, 94501. Email: Info *.

Cycles of Change, East Bay, CA

Bicycle Learning Center (BLC), Humboldt State University, Arcata CA. Email: hsublc  *. This is separate from the Arcata Library Bikes program. The BLC was founded in 1992 as a volunteer-run bicycle maintenance facility, offering instruction in bike maintenance to the campus and broader Arcata community.

Biketopia Community Workshop, 1752 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley, CA. 94703.

Waterside Workshops, Street Level Cycles, 90 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley, CA, Tel: 510-644-2577. Email: watersideworkshops *

Cambria Bike Kitchen, sponsored and run by the Slabtown Rollers Cycling Club, 1602 Main St, Cambria CA. Story at

Green Bike Program, Pitzer College, Claremont CA.

Bike Forth, 1221 1/2 4th St, Davis CA

Davis Bike Church, UC Davis Campus, Davis CA 95616. Community bike shop / tool cooperative. Email: davisbikechurch  *

Sustainable Action, El Portal, CA. Tel: 916-521-8948. Email: info  *

Fresno, CA. No contact information on file.  Program support by Rotary.

Cycles 4 Hope, Granite Bay, CA 95746. Providing hope one bicycle at a time.

Bicycle Kitchen, 760 Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles CA 90029. Tel: 323-662-2776. Email: bicyclekitchen  *

Bike Oven, 3706 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065.  Tel: 323-223-8020.  Email: info  *.  Bike Oven is a volunteer run community organization dedicated to promoting cycling as an environmentally friendly alternative to automobiles. They rely on donations of bicycles and parts in any condition, as well as volunteers' time, to run their free training and bicycling recycling programs.

Bikerowave, 12255 Venice Blvd (Santa Monica), Los Angeles, CA 90066 CA. Tel: 310 230 5236.  Email: info  *.  DIY Bike Coop in Los Angeles, whose mission is to teach and empower the community to repair and maintain their own bikes.

Alameda Point Collaborative, Oakland CA.  Works with the local residents to provide earn a bikes, repairs, refurbished bike sales, community tool use and other community bike services. (the bicycle program might be defunct).

The Cog, 3833 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland CA 94609

Cycles of Change, Oakland CA

Ontario Wheelhouse, Backhouse, 132 E H. St, Ontario, CA

The Bicycle Tree, P.O. Box 881, Orange, CA 92856. Email: info  *.

Bicycle Lounge, Riverside CA

Cycle 4 Hope, Sacramento CA. Email: shawn  *.  Provides hope, independence and opportunity to those in need through the donation of recycled bicycles.

Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, Sacramento CA

The Bicycle Works, (Fairfax, Marin Co.), 1117 San Anselmo Ave. (at Yolanda Station), San Anselmo CA 94960. Tel: 415-419-5831  Bicycle repair clinics and community bike shop-type activities.

Bikes Del Pueblo, City Heights Farmers Market, San Diego, CA 92105. (619) 263-3109.  A small DIY collective based out of San Diego that works on teaching people bike maintenance skills and contributing to the many communities in the area that use bikes.

SLO Bike Kitchen, 860 Pacific St, Suite 105, San Luis Obispo, CA, Email: tylerj *.

Bike Hut Foundation, Pier 40, San Francisco CA 94107. Email: tdthomas  *

Bike Kitchen, 1256 Mission St, Mission District, San Francisco, CA Email: info  *   Cooperative, do-it-yourself bike repair shop, with earn-a-bike program.

Bike In The Park , Presidio National Park, Building 1007, Suite 206, Presidio Box 29482
San Francisco, CA 94129-0482.  Tel.: 415-561-6578.  (probably defunct)

Box Dog Bikes, 494 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel: 415-431-9627. Email: boxdogbikes  *

Bici Centro, 434 Olive St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Email: info  *.  Programs include youth earn-a-bike, adult classes and do-it-yourself shop hours.  A project of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

Bike Church, 703 B Pacific Ave, just south of Laurel St, Santa Cruz CA 95060. Tel: 831-425-BIKE. Email: bikechurch  *

Santa Cruz Bike Coop, 1156 High St, UCSC Student Center, Santa Cruz CA 95064. Tel: 831-457-8281.  Email: bikecoop

Yellow Bike Project, Santa Cruz, CA.   (defunct)

Community Bikes, a program of LITE Initiatives, 4009 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA.  Tel: 707 579-5811 (Facebook)

Valley Bikery, 14416 Victory Blvd #104, Van Nuys CA 91401.  DIY bicycle repair shop and education space.

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