May Newsletter

Hi Riders and Soon to be Riders,

All the programs and events for May are listed here. May is national bike month so don’t let it slip by without celebrating with us here at your community bike shop in Olneyville. What’s more? Recycle-A-Bike hired a director. Meet Jenna Yu… read more about her below.

RAB Bike Sale Fundraiser

2 Saturdays, May 5th and 12th from 10am-4pm @ our shop 12 Library Court, Providence OLNEYVILLE. RAB volunteer mechanics have been working on a huge fleet of beautiful, refurbished, recycled bikes all winter. These bikes are ready to hit the road! Come test ride cruisers, vintage, folding bikes, road, mountain, bmx, baby balance bikes and children’s bikes. All the funds generated from this Bike Sale Fundraiser help support our public programs (Open Shop, Build-A-Bike, Bike Valet, and others). Our community shop is in Olneyville in an alley way off Westminster Street and Manton Avenue. There will be signs pointing in the right direction. We’ll have music, bike blended smoothies and friendly mechanics and volunteers to talk to. Bicycles range in price from $30-$250.
To volunteer please sign up here:

Mechanics’ Night

Friday, May 11th, from 6-9pm we need volunteers to repair and refurbish bikes for the fundraiser sale. Volunteers who join us need the basic knowledge of bike repair. We encourage Build-A-Bike graduates, local bike mechanics, and hobbyists to join us. Questions email

Bicycle Valet “…at your service”

Saturday, May 19th is the first bike valet at the Lippitt Park farmers market. Ride your bike, bring your trailer, panniers, baskets, bungie cords, babies and be sure to park your bike where it is safe with Recycle-A-Bike. If you are interested in being a valet parker meet Kim, the valet coordinator, at 9am in the park. You can communicate with her directly about details by emailing

Bike to Work Day

Friday morning, May 18th, ride your bike to work and stop by the Providence WWI Memorial. Recycle-A-Bike and other awesome bike groups will be pigging out on the complimentary breakfast and listening to speakers from 6:30am to 10:30am.

Garage Sale on the West Side

Saturday May 19th from 8:30am-1pm Recycle-A-Bike will have bikes for sale and information on programs at the West Broadway Neighborhood Associations’ annual neighborhood wide yard sale. Pick up a map at the WBNA headquarters on Westminster and Sycamore St and find out where to we are.

Build-A-Bike Spring

We would like to train another 50 adults in the community to be proficient bike mechanics through our 2012 Build-A-Bike programs. We aim to recycle 100 bikes this way and expand our foundation of skilled volunteers. First Build-A-Bike with Nik Perry and Jenna Yu starts May 2nd. Build-A-Bike’s spring workshop is full, but if you are interested in participating, summer workshop applications will be accepted in June for the 6 week workshop in July through mid-August. Instructions on enrolling will be in the June newsletter.

Open Shop

WEEKLY Tuesday 5pm-8pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. During this time, come to fix or tune your bike with the help of skilled mechanics and many tools, parts, and items you may need. You can also donate-a-bike, buy-a-bike, and/or volunteer during this time. We need help building bikes to sell, patching and sorting tubes, and many other various tasks.

Volunteer Training

Tuesday May 15th from 3pm-5pm come to our monthly training to get involved in the work trade system for “digging rights.”

Tune-Up Class

Saturday May 26th, 2pm-6pm. Learn to tune up your bicycle with a shop mechanic. First come first serve. $10 suggested donation but you WILL NOT BE TURNED AWAY for lack for funds.

Meet the New Director

Jenna Yu is the director of Recycle-A-Bike. Her training is in design and her passion is in hands-on education. She has her BART and BARCH from the RISD. She has been working with RAB for three years leading the growth of the organization from a sleepy collective under the stars to a fully functioning community bike shop and 501(c)3 not for profit. Yu is working to grow the Recycle-A-Bike’s community shop and expand biking community in PVD by taking bikes out of the waste stream and creating DIY mechanics workshops, promoting cycling and combating a culture of waste. Jenna works towards healthier means of living. In her spare time, she is involved in urban farming ventures in Providence. Prior to living in Providence, she spearheaded educational programs in southern Mexico on nutrition, English as a second language, and art in partnership with community organizations Amigos de las Americas, Un Puente a la Salud Communitario, and The Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca. Yu also worked as an architect intern for Skillful Means, a strawbale architecture firm in Oakland. She is a bike commuter in Providence and a helpful mechanic at Open Shop.

Happy Wheeling from the nice folks at RAB!