Community Bike Kitchen

Project Dates: 
2013

Project Leads

Funding Organizations: 
John Anderson Brown & Dorothy Eileen Brown Memorial Fund, of the Humboldt Area Foundation
Julie Willows Memorial Fund, of the Humboldt Area Foundation
Community Bike Kitchen members, and community donations
New Belgium Brewing Company
Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation

The Community Bike Kitchen provides community members access to tools, work space, knowledgeable mechanics, used bikes and bike parts – all through a small donation or by volunteering time in the bike kitchen. Since opening June 1 2013, the Community Bike Kitchen has been a hub of learning and activity for all ages – youth to seniors. In addition, the Earn-a-Bike program has enabled dozens of youth and adults alike the opportunity to volunteer in the bike kitchen learning new skills while working towards a new set of wheels.

The opportunity for a bike kitchen stemmed from the recognition of many transportation challenges in west Eureka and growing community interest in creating a safe, welcoming space to share bicycle knowledge and recycle used bikes back into the hands and feet of the community.  A passionate group of community members and staff from Redwood Community Action Agency came together in early 2013 to explore opportunities for creating and sustaining a bike kitchen. The group wanted to focus on education and sharing of community knowledge, and found a great partnership with the Westside Community Improvement Association which has been restoring the old Jefferson School into a new bustling, community center.

The Community Bike Kitchen is powered by volunteers and community support – a core steering committee, dedicated mechanics and shop managers keep the wheels spinning though we are always looking for interested folks to join the team! The Humboldt State University police department, local bike shops and dozens of individuals and community groups have donated used bicycles, parts and tools to help launch and sustain the bike kitchen. This support has helped the bike kitchen to be fully-equipment to assist with any bicycle repair and offer a range of well-functioning, used bicycles for the community. 

The bike kitchen is located at 1000 B Street, Eureka.

General Open Hours for the Bike Kitchen: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm.

Women and Trans Open Hours: 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays 12-2pm.

Facebook page for the Bike Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityBikeKitchenAtJeffersonSchool