Sharing Wheels volunteers will offer free minor repairs and bike maintenance help. This clinic is for homeless attendees of the Friday Night Outreach and dinner at Everett First Baptist Church.
By Christy Cowley, Executive Director
Our mission to keep people and bikes moving is expanding way beyond our shop walls…
Last week we kicked off the first of several scheduled mobile bike repair outings for 2022. Thanks to the kind and generous Larson Legacy grant we can now bring our volunteer mechanics (along with a tool box and lots of bike parts) to the streets of Everett and perform minor bike repairs for free.
Not only is this service a great way for us to increase Sharing Wheel’s visibility, but it also enables us to reach a geographically wider and more diverse audience.
Want to meet our biking community members where they congregate and help fix their flat tires and worn brakes? We still need volunteers to sign up and staff these community pop-up events.
We have regularly scheduled repair clinics at First Baptist Church and Evergreen Library and (fingers crossed) soon to be set up at the downtown Everett Library and in the Casino Road neighborhood (South Everett).
Increasing access to bike repair services has been a long-time goal of Sharing Wheels. With the help of our talented volunteers and supportive community partners we can now temporarily ‘park’ ourselves on the streets of Everett and offer repair services in multiple neighborhoods.
Enjoy food and SAG support will biking 35, 50 or 65 miles around Camano Island. There’s also a 15-mile Stanwood Farms route option.
Sharing Wheels volunteers will provide mechanical support at the Cama Beach State Park food stop. Contact Christy if you can help.
McClinchy Mile is a fundraiser for BIKES Club of Snohomish County. The club has been a long-time supporter of Sharing Wheels.
Volunteers keep our shop rolling. Learn how you can help – once in awhile or once a week. People with mechanical skills (or who want to learn) are great. We also have shop, office and online tasks for people with computer or administrative skills.
Orientation is offered via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend and we’ll send you a Zoom link. Completing a volunteer application is also helpful.
On the Second Sunday of every month we welcome new and experienced volunteers to help us fix adult bikes during our Second Sunday Work Party.
Learn to Fix A Flat at noon. Get one-on-one training and practice with one of our bikes, or bring your own bicycle.
Help repair and refurbish adult bikes all afternoon. We have jobs for every level of mechanical knowledge, and are happy to teach you new skills. Just be willing to get greasy.
You don’t need to stay all day – just long enough to learn or make a difference.
RSVP so we know you are coming. We’ll have snacks on hand, but bring your own water.
Used Bikes & Parts on Sale
Great deals in our parking lot and garage all day long: Class and as-is bikes, tires, clothing & accessories.
Volunteers needed to help with the sale, too.
All proceeds support the free and low cost programs of Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop.
By Christy Cowley, Executive Director
Not all of our volunteers refurbish bikes…
Some people can serve as champions of our organization and send a simple email to help us reach our goals. Meet Piper Peterson who did just that last November when we realized we were short on kid bikes for our annual Holiday Kid Bike Giveaway.
Piper sent an email to her large network of friends requesting gently-used kid bikes and hours later the bike donations came pouring in. The generosity from the community was amazing.
Piper’s support for Sharing Wheels went beyond sending an email.
Thank you, Piper, for spending so many hours collecting, storing, and arranging transport of 87 kid bikes.* We ultimately met our goal of donating 131 kid bikes to low income families, thanks to Piper and all of the volunteers who helped refurbish donated bikes.
If you have considered volunteering at Sharing Wheels, but have no interest in refurbishing bikes, please reach out to me or join our next monthly volunteer orientation meeting to learn more about the ways you can help Sharing Wheels.
* Much of the credit for transporting kids bikes last year goes to long-time Sharing Wheels volunteer Larry Williamson. He is a stalwart of our kids bike program. Larry and Piper both live in Edmonds – and now they know they have a shared passion for getting bikes to kids.