Gresham Bike Hub 2019

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We are happy to announce another successful season of repair clinics and workshops in Gresham’s Main City Park! Over the course of the summer we were able to provide seven 4-hour free repair clinics open to the public, seven 2-hour workshops for individuals to learn the principles of bike mechanics, one open house, and bike repair support at the June Mount Hood Community College Conservation Fair.

We were able to 

  • Fix, improve, or otherwise address 91 community bikes

  • Provide 74 hours of volunteer experience for members of the Gresham community and beyond.

  • Accept 33 bicycle donations, guaranteeing donors a meaningful outcome for unutilized bikes.

  • Educate 17 workshop participants.

Through this summer we have seen this resource grow in popularity, already seeing participants, volunteers, and donors return and express gratitude for this program. Through the support of the City of Gresham, Metro, individual donors, and volunteers, we are able to meet the needs of the Gresham community for free repairs, bike mechanic education, and sustainable reuse of bicycles.

Years ago the City of Gresham and Bikes for Humanity PDX volunteers collaborated on a vision to open up a free repair hub and hold free mechanic classes in Main City Park, just south of historic downtown Gresham. In 2016 B4H was granted to space to hold resources for the program in the MCP barn, and the space was inaugurated. We’ve been able to grow and expand our impact since then, and consistently show up for the Gresham community as a resource for mechanic education, free repairs and used parts, and a place to donate used bikes and parts. Look out for next year and enjoy these pictures from our Summer 2019 season!

7 big days of providing bike repair, reuse, and resources!

7 big days of providing bike repair, reuse, and resources!

Associate Dog Mechanic Bear chilling between repairs.

Associate Dog Mechanic Bear chilling between repairs.

Volunteer Jon after swapping knobbies out for slicks on a donation.

Volunteer Jon after swapping knobbies out for slicks on a donation.

Our lead dog mechanic Angel. her human brandon came to us interested in learning how set up a mobile bike repair shop. he worked with us all summer to see what tools would be needed, what kind of repairs would be encountered, and what strategies would be required to fix bikes in the field.

Our lead dog mechanic Angel. her human brandon came to us interested in learning how set up a mobile bike repair shop. he worked with us all summer to see what tools would be needed, what kind of repairs would be encountered, and what strategies would be required to fix bikes in the field.

1 day, 1 make/model (Free Spirit Brittany), 2 different donors, 2 different bikes

1 day, 1 make/model (Free Spirit Brittany), 2 different donors, 2 different bikes

Greg, a B4H staffer, demonstrating the capacity of our mobile repair stand on a tandem bike.

Greg, a B4H staffer, demonstrating the capacity of our mobile repair stand on a tandem bike.

Brandon, Bear, and a workshop student taking a break between repairs.

Brandon, Bear, and a workshop student taking a break between repairs.

Jon getting ready fix all the bikes.

Jon getting ready fix all the bikes.

Bear, proudly posing after being promoted to lead dog mechanic.

Bear, proudly posing after being promoted to lead dog mechanic.

Re-emerging from the Coho shelter after a brief and heavy rain storm, Andrew, Brandon, and Bear pose with a satisfied customer who had a flat fixed.

Re-emerging from the Coho shelter after a brief and heavy rain storm, Andrew, Brandon, and Bear pose with a satisfied customer who had a flat fixed.