We are a collective of individuals from diverse backgrounds working on a volunteer basis to rescue & repair bicycles.
We believe in empowerment through education and support the use of bicycles as a healthy & ecological means of transportation.
1. To gather and repair bicycles that would otherwise be disposed of, disregarded or destroyed.
2. To distribute these bicycles to those who need them in exchange for donated time, resources or revenue – dependent on each individuals’ circumstance and means.
3. To increase the amount of people who ride bikes and time spent riding.
4. To educate the various communities in Kansas City about bicycles: including mechanics, maintenance, safety, and potential solutions to related social and environmental issues.
5. To empower individuals by providing the education, materials and skills that facilitate self-reliant transportation.
6. To foster a sense of respect and community among participants that will extend to the greater Kansas City communities.
7. As a collective, we will never exclude or deny any individual or group based on race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability, or any other aspect of their identity in word or deed.
If you can assist us in any way, (i.e. tools, bikes, time, legal services, etc.) please contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
|PROGRAMMINGThe LIST:This program is designed for patron’s who have limited financial means to obtain a bicycle, and are of the most in need of those we serve. This may include individuals who are homeless, on disability, unemployed, underemployed, or out on parole. If one has the financial means to purchase a bicycle from a bike shop, or purchase one of our refurbished used bicycles that start as low as $25, they are encouraged to do so and would not qualify for the LIST (Low-Income Sustainable Transportation) service.The LIST is a program that targets the most underserved and in need members of our community in search of a more accessible form of transportation. This is not an immediate service. No one will get a LIST bike immediately. The processing of said LIST bikes takes at least a week, if not more depending on volume, bike availability and staffing. All LIST recipients must find a good lock, and are only eligible for the program once.
The LIST does not serve to provide ‘free bikes’ from our shop. Our shop is not free, nor is it a place to “get free bikes.” There is value in all of our resources, tools, wo-man power/in-kind hours invested in the shop because each costs us money. All bikes are built up by our WRENCH mechanics and are double checked for safety. The goal of the list build-up is to provide a bicycle that rolls, stops and is safe to ride; for any further maintenance or upgrades, our shop is here to assist with those needs.
|WRENCH:Each WRENCH volunteer has a dedicated shift on either THURSDAY or SATURDAY and attends WRENCH meetings. WRENCH volunteers help patrons of the Collective with bike needs during any shop hours and often are responsible for opening, greeting, running and/or closing the shop. WRENCH volunteers have a say in how the shop is run, serve as both student and teacher, have an overall understanding of how the shop works, and basic mechanic skills.How do I become a WRENCH volunteer?If you have been consistently helping out around the shop and want to have more responsibilities and a say in how the shop is run, let us know. We will ask you a bit about yourself, invite you to a WRENCH meeting, put you through BIKE SKOOL and orientation, and eventually will assign you a shift. This informal process does take time but it’s worth it and we’d love to have you.|
|ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING:The 816 Bicycle Collective also participates in specific programming for kids, ghost bike memorials, and plan to have a mobile operation running by Summer 2013.Most 816 WRENCH volunteers and KC Bike Fed Board Members also participate in various projects of BikeWalkKC and Kansas City B-Cycle.|