By Jonathan Morrison
The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective (SLCBC) and most of Utah decided to skip winter. In honor of the longest spring ever, they have opened a location in Provo; given away over 700 bikes to various goodwill organizations and expanded Ladies Night in Salt Lake City; become an official program of Commuter Services at the University of Utah; celebrated their first season in a physical space at Westminster College; and worked towards securing their own building in Ogden. The new Provo location is at 49 North 1100 West #2; the Ogden operation is at 2404 Wall St. This success continues our tradition of celebrating every year, as their biggest year, and, all on the eve of its 10 year anniversary. Look for an upcoming announcement about their 10th anniversary celebration and new Ogden building.
In addition to attendance at our big party, the SLCBC (Ogden, Provo, SLC) needs bicycles and volunteers for their rewarding programs: Earn-a-Bike (EAB) and the Community Bike Shops. If you have a bike to donate, the Collective can use it, whether it is currently functional or not. Become a mentor and help EAB kids learn to diagnose and repair their future bike, while creating life-long cyclists and community connection.
The SLCBC-Salt Lake City is continuing to offer free bicycle mechanic classes every week. Professional mechanics teach a chapter of the Park Tool School every Monday at the Community Bike Shop starting at 5pm. Each class focuses on a specific aspect/component, so jump in at any time and round out you knowledge. See the SLCBC's website for class topics.
The mission of the SLCBC is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. For more information, visit bicyclecollective.org.