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Social Distance Challenge

Like many businesses, Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is currently closed. But the Everett nonprofit is taking this time to promote biking through the “Social Distance Challenge.”

Many families have taken the “stay home and stay healthy” orders as a chance to get outside with their kids and rediscover the joy of riding bicycles. Roads are less busy and many people are looking for new activities. Regular bicyclists have struggled with the cancellation of group rides and major bike events.

Biking with your dog (aka family) still counts as social distancing.

Enter the Sharing Wheels bike-riding challenge. “Keep your ‘social distance’ while going the distance” is the event’s motto. Participants are encouraged to bike 10 times or 250 miles during the month of April and to log the rides online. Prizes will be drawn randomly from everyone who completes the challenge by the end of the month. Special certificates will be awarded for most miles and most days ridden.

“It’s easy to get depressed and inactive when being told to stay away from people,” says Sharing Wheels Board President Kristin Kinnamon. “Riding a bike boosts your immune system, your heart rate and your mood.” The goal is healthy fun on your bike, not competition.

The Sharing Wheels shop is closed to the public, but basic bike tools are available in the shop garage for do-it-yourself fixes. Bikes are being sold online, and the shop manager is answering the phone.

“We’re looking forward to restarting maintenance classes, volunteer work parties, and in-person bike sales,” Kinnamon said. “Until then, we hope people pull their own bikes out of the garage and go for a ride.”

The Sharing Wheels Social Distance Challenge is setup as a group within the Bike Everywhere Challenge hosted by Washington Bikes. That statewide challenge starts in May.

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Coronavirus Closure

UPDATED MARCH 27

By Kristin Kinnamon, Board President

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop supports essential transportation for many people who are at risk for severe illness should they contract coronavirus.  We benefit from the time and talents of many senior-age volunteers, also considered vulnerable to the virus.

It’s hard to keep a bike shop clean. And it’s hard to help someone fix a bike without getting closer than public health recommends.

In light of these concerns, Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop will be closed to the public starting Wednesday, March 18.

Until then, only four people will be permitted in the shop at one time.  That will allow staff, volunteers and customers to maintain social distancing, clean hands, and clean surfaces.

From mid-March to at least early April the shop will remain closed for most retail and DIY operations. Basic tools and a bike stand will be available in the shop garage for people who need to fix their own flat or make a minor adjustment. Customers who want to buy a bike in-person can call the shop to make an appointment at 425-252-6952. We also list higher end bikes and a variety of parts on our eBay store.

Sharing Wheels staff will remain at work: repairing bikes, organizing the shop, managing programs, and posting items for online sales.

Regular volunteers can schedule time to assist in the shop. We will be maintaining a 4-person maximum occupancy of our shop space.

The basic bike repair class scheduled for March 25 is rescheduled to May 13.  A plan for the Kids Bike Work Parties scheduled to start in April will be announced at a later date.

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Donations make a difference

By Kristin Kinnamon, Board President

With a budget of under $100,000, donations both large and small make a big difference for Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop. And we put that money to good use.

We served approximately 1,750  people this past year. Maybe you came in to fix your own bike with our tools? Or perhaps you bought a used part and got some free advice to go with it? Others donated a bike so someone else could ride.

That’s what Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is all about. We keep people and bikes moving.

You can make a difference for a small nonprofit. Our goal is 100 donors, at any amount. With so many of our customers living in poverty, it’s especially important for those of us with a little extra to contribute financially – for ourselves, and for those who can’t.

Your support will help us though a time of change. We’ve just hired our first executive director, Christy Cowley. The job is part-time, with the goal of improving our programs and effectiveness. Josh Pfister, our first paid shop staff, recently moved on to a Seattle bike shop opportunity after 3 years with us. We continue to look for a full-time shop manager.

We remain committed to our mission of empowerment, affordability, sustainability and education. Learn more about our goals for 2020 and see our new shop layout at our Holiday Open House on Dec. 12.

Thanks for supporting Sharing Wheels.

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Join Our Board

Updated November 2019

Board Application (PDF)

Do you care about sustainable transportation, serving diverse people in need, and making a difference in your community? Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is seeking volunteers for our nonprofit board of directors.

Board members commit to monthly Board meetings, and may take on additional committee or outreach work as well. Expect to give 4 to 8 hours of time each month. You’ll get the satisfaction of helping Sharing Wheels mature and grow. (There are other volunteer benefits, too!)

We have just hired our first executive director and soon a new shop manager. Staff are in charge of running the bike shop, classes, and bike donation programs. The board’s role is to make sure the organization as a whole is funded and serves our mission of “Keeping People and Bikes Moving.”

We seek Board members who bring a diversity of age, race, cultural background, economic background, and experience, such as:

  • Business or retail management
  • Nonprofit and community connections
  • Finance or fundraising 
  • Homeless and social services

Board members are usually elected to one-year terms each January, but can also be appointed by the board at any time.

We have at least two and up to four openings starting in 2020.

If you are interested, or if you know of someone who you think would be a great Board member, please contact: board president Kristin Kinnamon at bikenbus @gmail.com or 425-923-7868.

Here’s the board_application (PDF) – mail or bring to shop anytime.