While the start of autumn has the harvest in full swing, a new non-profit community bike project is taking root in the Dubuque area. The Dubuque Bike Coop is getting ready to make its official debut in the coming month or so. Modeled on other community bike projects such as the Iowa City Bike Library, Cedar Valley Bicycle Collective, Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op and the Bike Kitchen in Los Angeles, the Dubuque Bike Coop has as its mission the building of community through bicycling. With an emphasis on “community,” it has as its core vision people of all backgrounds and abilities coming together to ride, repair, recycle, educate, and promote bicycling as a viable means of transportation, fitness and recreation.
The Dubuque Bike Coop hopes to fill the following gaps in the community, in partnership with other individuals, businesses and organizations by providing:
- An affordable means for people to get into bicycling via a bike-lending program.
- An educational resource for bicycle safety and fundamental bicycle repair.
- A sustainable asset where any and all bicycle related donations are accepted and either reused, repurposed, or recycled; thereby keeping these “tools” in use rather than being wasted.
- An opportunity to volunteer, be engaged in, and take ownership of the community.
Volunteers are always welcome and no prior bike experience is necessary. Since it is a community project, everyone brings a unique experience and set of skills. Currently, the Dubuque Bike Coop is operating out of the Dubuque Rescue Mission and regular volunteer events are being scheduled, as is a winter bicycle repair clinic. For more information, email or see their Facebook page.