Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Volenteer Orientation Feb 26th

Bikes Del Pueblo is looking for volunteers! Come to our volunteer orientation to learn about how we operate and how you can help. We take volunteers of all skill levels. Mechanical bicycle knowledge is NOT necessary! Volunteers do more than just fix bikes. Volunteers help with building out our new space, community outreach, grant applications, translation and more! We are particularly looking for volunteers in these languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili, and Arabic. Come be a part of something spectacular!

Perks of being a volunteer include: First pick on bike parts, volunteer-only shop time, increase your bicycle know-how, giving back to your community and continuing a grassroots effort that has been serving City Heights for 10 years.

This event is in conjunction with a Basic Bike Mechanics Class, being offered March 12th from 2 PM to 4 PM. More details and event page will be posted soon.

Bikes Del Pueblo is a cooperatively run, non-hierarchical, donation based bike kitchen located in City Heights. We use consensus-based decision making and base decision making privileges on involvement and commitment.

Questions? E-mail us at bikesdelpueblosd (at) gmail dot com or message us on FB www.facebook.com/bikesdelpueblo

FB event page: (please RSVP as going, guest list is private)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Schedule Change & Teach- In Event

Bikes del Pueblo will be changing our schedule on Saturdays. Our new schedule for OPEN CLINICS are as follows:
Wednesday & Friday 1 PM to 5 PM @the PopUp Lot (El Cajon Blvd & Central Ave)
Saturday 9 AM to 12:30 PM @ The City Heights Farmers Market (Fairmount & Wightman)
To kick off our new Earn-a-Bike Program, our Saturday afternoon clinic (1 to 4PM @ the Popup Lot) is now a CLOSED clinic, designated only for Earn-a-Bike participants.


Bikes del Pueblo will be hosting a basic bike maintenance workshop at the Teach-in happening at Centro Cultural de la Raza January 22nd from 9 AM to 5 PM. Please don't miss this very special event! All day there will be a wide range of teach-ins covering topics relevant to building resistance and in response to the current political and social climate.
Registration is required!! Please refer to the event page for more details.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Your donations keep us up and running. This holiday season, consider contributing to Bikes del Pueblo, as a gift to your community and your local grassroots bike kitchen. The following is a statement from Ken Eby-Gomez, a past core member of Bikes del Pueblo. Please take the time to read and consider how you can contribute to our organization! Pay Pal is available here.
In a time when so much seems uncertain, let me tell you why a donation to support Bikes Del Pueblo this holiday season would be a worthwhile gift. I’ll keep it quick.

Founded in 2007, Bikes Del Pueblo has been a mainstay at the City Heights Farmers Market since 2008. Every Saturday morning a team of volunteers helps patch tubes, fix brakes, and handle any bike repairs the neighborhood brings their way. The mission of the organization is “to empower local communities through bicycle education for mechanical and transportation self-sufficiency”. The values informing their work are “inclusivity and accessibility, recycling and do-it-yourself/do-it-together ethics”.

These weekly repair clinics, earn-a-bike programs, and more are maintained by a determined core of volunteers. Significant contributions also come from engaged youth who came for a single repair and found they didn’t want to stop fixing bikes. And it goes without saying that BDP wouldn’t be around without the love of regular visitors, partnerships in the community, and longtime supporters.

I myself came to BDP first as a visitor. Nineteen years old and biking to work, I realized I would need to learn some basic repairs. I went to the farmers market and met Hernan, a founding member of BDP now working at Solidarity Farm in Pauma Valley, and he showed me the ways of the wrench. Other past patrons and volunteers have learned to walk and talk there, graduated high school and college, gone on to start farms, and play professional soccer.

BDP believes that bikes can be a viable, healthy means of getting through the city. In the time BDP has been operating the project has donated hundreds of refurbished bikes to local residents in need of mobility, assisted hundreds of youth and local families through repairs adding up to thousands of dollars of mobility brought back into our neighborhood. BDP’s latest venture is hosting a bike valet in partnership with the El Cajon Boulevard BIA, and a new more public, consistent location on the Popup 15 lot.

We can confidently say by helping residents get biking we reduce traffic congestion, we reduce harmful pollution that negatively affects neighbors’ health, and we save them money. A discounted or free tube and lesson doesn’t only save our patrons $15 one time. Our goal is that visitors won’t be stopped by a flat tube ever. Individually and together, we can handle any problem. It’s like that old saying. Give someone a tube change, and they’re biking for a day. Teach someone to change a tube, and they’re biking forever and now you’re friends.

Today we are faced with many serious issues. The cost of living, including transportation, continues to rise faster than incomes. The health of our neighborhoods needs to be protected. And the challenges of climate change will only grow in the future. Even a small donation can keep the neighborhood moving.

-Ken Eby-Gomez

Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Break Notice

We will be taking a break.
 Our first day back will be Wednesday January 4th, 2017. 
You'll find us at the PopUp15 Lot resuming our usual clinic activities.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bikes del Pueblo will be staffing a weekly bike parking at our new space on the Pop-Up 15 lot, a project of our partner, the El Cajon Boulevard BIA (Yes we have moved to a new location and have expanded our hours! More info in previous posts!).
Please read the information below and spread the word!

Kick-off This Friday, December 2nd at 7 am
Enhancing the Culture of Bike/Transit Connection in San Diego
What:  FREE Bike Valet Parking on The Boulevard will be provided to local transit commuters! The pilot Bike Valet program will offer area residents space for up to 50 bikes from  7 am until 7 pm.  The Bike Valet is being launched by the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association (BIA) at POPUP15, in partnership with Bikes del Pueblo. 
The Bike Valet allows commuters the opportunity to securely store their bike with knowledgeable staff and then be able to board a bus without worrying if there’s space for their bike.
Funding for the bike valet pilot is made possible through Mid-City Community Parking District.
When: 7 am until 7 pm Friday, December 2, 2016
Where: POPUP15: 4050 El Cajon Blvd SD, CA 92015
The POPUP15, adjacent to the El Cajon Boulevard Transit Plaza, is transforming a vacant lot through "placemaking" into a creative public space that locals see as a hub to Commute, Gather and Connect
Details: For additional information, contact  info@theboulevard.org

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bikes del Pueblo Soft Opening October 14th

Hey y'all, your local community bike kitchen is officially opening up in our new space this Friday!
Our new hours are Wed 1-5, Friday 1-5, and Sat 1-4.
During these hours, folks will have access to parts, bikes, and all of our tools on site, as opposed to our usual bike clinic operation. 
We will still be operating at the City Heights Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
The new location is a storage container and patio located at the PopUp 15 Lot at the corner of Central and El Cajon Blvd.

We are currently looking for more volunteers, particularly who speak languages like Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Luganda, Karen, and Vietnamese. No experience necessary, just come hang out and shadow us. Volunteer training events are soon to come.

If you have volunteered with us in the past, your help would be invaluable to us currently as we situate ourselves in the next couple months.

We are still working out the kinks, our grand opening will be a bit later in the month once our patio is finished and we are well situated in our new space.

Come by and check it out!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hey everyone!
We got some pretty big news!
We will be moving to a new space in September! We will give out more details later, but we need help to build up the space which will include a shipping container. We will have workdays during the next weeks as follow on Sundays from 2pm to 6pm:

- Level ground for container
- Excavate and level workshop and entry area for decomposed granite/pavers
- Trash and debris cleanup
- Make posts for shade structure with concrete and tires.
- Finish assembly of shade sail structures
- Lay pavers or decomposed granite in workshop area surrounding container
- Dig post holes for back storage area gate and fence, place posts in footings.
- Build back storage area fence and gate
- Wrap up any other unfinished work
If you would like to support your local bike kitchen and come to help us on one of these Sundays, please email us at bikesdelpueblosd@gmail.com for more details!

Thanks for your support.

!Hola tod@s!
!Tenemos noticias!
Nos vamos a mudar a un nuevo espacio en septiembre! Les vamos a dar mas noticias pronto, pero mientras, necesitamos ayuda para preparar el espacio. Vamos a tener dias de trabajo los domingos de 2pm hasta 6pm del 21 de agosto hasta el 11 de septiembre.
Si nos quieren apoyar, por faz manden un correo a bikesdelpueblosd@gmail.com

Gracias por su apoyo!