The Bay Area is an amazing place to live, work, and play – especially on bikes! With many worthy and wonderful bicycle-focused community organizations, choosing the Bay Area recipient for our donated Ride It Forward bikes seemed daunting. But once we heard about Oakland’s Cycles of Change, and their 19 years of providing the community with access to bikes and bike programs, the choice was made!
How It All Began
Cycles of Change began in 1998 at East Oakland’s Roosevelt Middle School. It started out as a program focused on empowering students in low-income areas by providing them with bikes and bike-centered classes. Their popularity was instant, and over the years they have expanded to other parts of Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda.
Community Focused Programs
Today, Cycles of Change offers a wide variety of programs that strive to put kids and adults on bikes and educate them on bike safety and maintenance. Their youth-centered courses include Safe Routes to Schools, which teaches safe riding techniques. They also have several after school bike clubs where kids learn about bicycle mechanics and can earn their own bike. They understand that adults need bikes too, so they also run a Bike-Go-Round program which offers commuter bicycles and safety training to low-income adults.
Bikes For All
Cycles of Change’s core belief is that everyone should be able to access and enjoy bikes. Biking, both electric and standard, is great way to bring communities together, help people get where they need to go, and have a fun, healthy time. We can’t wait to see the bikes that we’ve donated riding around the Bay Area very soon!
Since our Ride It Forward Event has been so popular, we decided to extend it into April! So donate your used bike in any condition to our Oakland or Portland Experience Centers or our Fremont Headquarters and we will give you $400 off a brand new GenZe e-bike! We will be donating the used bikes to Cycles of Change (Oakland) or Community Cycling Center (Portland), so you know your old bike will get a good home and you can give your new e-bike a great home too!