March Newsletter

Hi Friends,

Check out the cool-weather bicycle programs happening at Recycle-A-Bike and think about how you can join the fun.  Riding and mechanics with middle & high school youth, open shop bike clinics, the City’s 2nd Phase of bike path planning, the new and exciting BikeFest RI, and finally, WHEN IS THE NEXT BUILD-A-BIKE for goodness sakes?!  Find out more…

Youth On Bikes

Youth Bicycle Programs at Del Sesto Middle School and the MET High School are in full swing preparing Providence youth with skills in bike repair and safe riding. Youth run bikes shops are starting to pop up around town.  The MET High School on Public Street just opened a student-run bike shop on campus called Full Cycle.  Nathan Bishop Middle School on the east side is starting a youth bike mechanics space through the Providence After School Alliance with tools and a fleet of student bicycles in school. Bikes are taken from the waste stream to function as the primary learning tools for these programs.  Donations of tools, outgrown bicycles, and bike books are greatly appreciated.  Contact Recycle-A-Bike or The MET’s Full Cycle or the PASA bike program.

         Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:30pm for after school students @ The MET
         Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-1pm for MET interns @ The RAB Shop
         Monday and Wednesday 2:30-4pm for middle school kids @ Del Sesto

Open Shop Bike Clinics

Tuesdays 5-8pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm every week!  This is a great time to fix your bike with community tools, get help from volunteer mechanics, help out around the shop, donate an underutilized bike, or buy a refurbished bike!  Our space is warm and welcoming!  Build-A-Bike graduates are highly encouraged to come to these sessions to help out around the shop!  Young people 17 and under must come with an adult.

City Bike Planning

If you want your personal bike route through Providence to be factored into the city’s new municipal bike path design for 2013, there are a few ways to do this.  You can map and send your personal bike routes through the city with smart phone app called BikeWays.  The routes you track are sent to the city’s bike path engineers, VHB.  Or you can send these guys a facebook message or email with your bike planning ideas for Providence.  The Providence Biking and Pedestrian Coalition meetings are also open to public comment.  Join the conversation at the next public meeting on March 18, at 4:30pm at 444 Westminster 1st floor.

Build-A-Bike Spring

Build-A-Bike‘s next six-week workshop runs May 2- June 8.  This is a 6-week course designed to give individuals the opportunity to earn a bicycle. Build two bikes keeping one for yourself and donating one bike to RAB. Send your application here.  We are looking for participants interested in being trained in bike building and repair and who are willing to return as volunteers to RAB’s Open Shop bike clinics to assist with repairs.  Build-A-Bike is $200 sliding scale.
Thursdays May 2, 6-8pm (clean and lube bikes)
Saturday May 4, 10am-12pm Shop time
Thursdays May 9, 6-8pm (bottom brackets and headsets)
Saturday May 11, 10am-12pm Shop time
Thursdays May 16, 6-8pm (tires, tubes, flats)
Saturday May 18, 10am-12pm Shop time
Thursdays May 23, 6-8pm  (hubs, wheel truing)
Saturday May 25, 10am-12pm Shop time
Thursdays May 30, 6-8pm (brakes)
Saturday June 1, 10am-12pm Shop time
Thursdays June 6, 6-8pm, 6-8pm (gears)
Saturday June 8, 10am-12pm  Shop time – BIKES COMPLETED

BikeFest RI

Save the date! Bike Fest RI will take place in Providence on May 11th from 10am-4pm at the MET School.  It is an opportunity for Rhode Islander’s to come together and enjoy a day centered on the possibilities of bicycles, whether it be for recreation, sport, or everyday life.  BikeFest RI will feature live entertainment, an expo area of bicycles and related gear, information and resources about riding in the state, demonstrations, food vendors games, and live entertainment.  BikeFest RI is being organized by The Met School, Full Cycle @ the MET school, Recycle-A-Bike and Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition. If you are interested in participating in any way, contact METRAB@metmail.org.

Happy Wheeling from the nice folks at RAB!

ps Watch the Recycle-A-Bike short film.