Putting bikes back on the street where they belong
Bike Kitchen photo
Since January 2006, Bike Bakersfield has refurbished over 800 bicycles and provided them to Bakersfield area residents. The goal of the program is to provide bicycles for individuals who are interested in building their own bike and willing to learn how to build and maintain a bicycle. Recipients put in 20 hours of volunteer work before receiving their bicycle. On the last day of your volunteer hours you get to put together your own bike. During your volunteer time you will learn the ins and outs of a bike which will help you maintain your bike.
In order to participate in the Recycle-a-Bicycle program you must first attend a volunteer orientation class, held the first Sunday of every month at 3PM. Please arrive a few minutes early, as we do not accept latecomers. The orientation should take no more than 30 minutes, depending on the number of attendees. The time and date offered are subject to change.
After the orientation you may begin volunteering at the Bike Kitchen. Tasks range from sorting and organizing parts and tools, sweeping and cleaning, bike repair (depending on experience level), and possible office work.
At 15 hours you may begin putting your bike together, with the mechanic’s assistance. Our bicycles were generously donated by members of the community; you may also use parts you have acquired outside of our program.
If you need any more information call our Bike Kitchen at (661) 321-9248 or send us an email.