MAY: 4 Bike Organizations
MAY - Four orgs sharing the spotlight
1. BIKE SD
This bike group’s mission is to establish San Diego as a world-class bicycling city and create a more livable urban community by promoting everyday riding and advocating for bicycling infrastructure. They played an active part in getting Montezuma’s bike lanes widened and protected, among other truly tangible accomplishments. Like SD Bike Coalition, BIKE SD has loads of opportunities to volunteer. You like bikes? Care about your city? This is one of several groups you should hook up with.
2. Bikes Del Pueblo
Bikes del Pueblo is a bilingual DIY educational bike collective that focuses on teaching bike maintenance and providing accessible bikes and bike parts to the community. They build an average of 11 bikes per week resulting in 600 bikes a year. They like to get involved in the community and contribute to events such as group rides, scavenger hunts, film screenings, and bike builds for various other local organizations. Bikes del Pueblo is at the City Heights Farmer’s Market each week and a Pop-Up on El Cajon Boulevard three times a week. They are always looking for members and assistance with organizing donated parts, building/refurbing bikes, doing neighborhood outreach, organizing events, seeking grants and dreaming big.
3. SD Bike Coalition
The Bike Coalition advocates for and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles. They are actively working on projects all over the county such as the Barrio Logan section of the Bayshore Bikeway and getting 13 miles of protected bike lanes through North Park among many others. The support regular Bike Rodeos (skill workshops) and community rides, provide Bike Valet for various events and participate in CiclosDias. If you love cycling of any kind, there are many opportunities to volunteer with this super group and favorite of ours.
4. San Diego Velo YouthSD Velo Youth offers at-risk and disadvantaged teens 18 hours of coaching in cycle at the track in Balboa Park’s Velodrome. The youth athletes then give back via community services projects, ultimately becoming mentors to their younger peers, paying it forward — all in an effort to earn their own bike. They need new and used cycling equipment and bike-loving folks to volunteer with their programs, events and activities.