Grrrease Time at POP Allston

For the past few months, we've been partnering with the rad people of Femmechanics, a group of femme and/or trans* and/or women cyclists in Boston. On the first Sunday of every month (1-3pm at POP Allston, 89 Brighton Ave), we host them for Grrrease Time, an Open Shop for people to teach and be taught about bikes in an inclusive space. 

If you identify with that community and haven't checked out any Femmechanics events yet, do yourself a favor and get on it. Not only do they host Grrrease Time (also found at Bikes Not Bombs and Hub Bicycle), but they also host a huge variety of social events, rides, bike camping, workshops, and a yearly alley cat, Babes Bike Boston.

This past Grrrease Time session, we made DIY studded tires! Because it's January, and winter hasn't even started yet and the T is already failing. We followed this guy's advice and process, and they turned out really well. 

Want one of your own? We've got old tires for sale for cheap during our Open Shops. Then you get yourself a couple packs of screws, a drill, put on Netflix for a few hours like you're going to do anyway, and before you know it you're riding in Boston winter like you got four-wheel drive. 

Stay warm out there friends,

CW

Grrrease Time at POP Allston

For the past few months, we've been partnering with the rad people of Femmechanics, a group of femme and/or trans* and/or women cyclists in Boston. On the first Sunday of every month (1-3pm at POP Allston, 89 Brighton Ave), we host them for Grrrease Time, an Open Shop for people to teach and be taught about bikes in an inclusive space. 

If you identify with that community and haven't checked out any Femmechanics events yet, do yourself a favor and get on it. Not only do they host Grrrease Time (also found at Bikes Not Bombs and Hub Bicycle), but they also host a huge variety of social events, rides, bike camping, workshops, and a yearly alley cat, Babes Bike Boston.

This past Grrrease Time session, we made DIY studded tires! Because it's January, and winter hasn't even started yet and the T is already failing. We followed this guy's advice and process, and they turned out really well. 

Want one of your own? We've got old tires for sale for cheap during our Open Shops. Then you get yourself a couple packs of screws, a drill, put on Netflix for a few hours like you're going to do anyway, and before you know it you're riding in Boston winter like you got four-wheel drive. 

Stay warm out there friends,

CW

Growing Roots & Building Ties in Charlesview Community

June 14th, 2015 was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the wheels were turning at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview. Close to 50 folks, most aged ten and younger, came out for CommonWheels’ first “Family Bikes Fiesta” of the season.

In addition to the crowd-favorite piñata, we provided bicycles to borrow, bike repair and one-on-one teaching of the basics of bicycle maintenance, and hosted a ride to the nearby Charles River pathways. At the end of four hours, kids had the skills to ride safe and fix smart, and eleven bicycles were donated to families who did not have access to bikes

The beauty of CommonWheels is the broad range of community we’re able to serve through our events, due in large part to the support and outreach of our neighborhood partners. Although four of the bikes donated went to Charlesview residents, seven other bicycles went to families who do not live at Charlesview—but in the nearby housing development of Faneuil Gardens, or to families who reside with state assistance at the Days Inn Hotel less than a mile from the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center. The energy and community of the Fiesta attracted these families from outside of Charlesview, and in turn, these children were able to meet and play with local Charlesview residents, and their parents were introduced to the services and staff of the community center.

Over the past year, working with Charlesview staff and the Community Center, CommonWheels has hosted six different clinics on bicycle repair and riding, and donated roughly thirty bicycles to Charlesview residents. Our regular presence at Charlesview has resulted in a strong community of families who turn out, time and time again, to fix their bikes, to learn bike handling skills and safe riding, and has helped to build relationships and trust amongst the neighborhood.

We want to grow these relationships over the years. First, we get young kids riding confidently when they’re 7 years-old, and we stay with them as they learn to fix their own flat tires at age 9, and later help them design a safe route to bike to middle school when they turn 11, and we can look forward to hiring them as CommonWheels staff in their teens.

CommonWheels doesn’t view our work as a charity resource to be given out, but rather as a relationship that grows stronger and deeper with each interaction. It is through these relationships that our own collective organization, and our own sense of community, grows.

The overarching mission of CommonWheels is to “empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives.” We want the bicycle to be part of everyone’s lifestyle, a free way to access transportation, to gain personal freedom, and to foster a sense of community through the simple joy of riding bikes with friends and neighbors. Our work with Charlesview and our involvement with their community allow us to succeed in that mission, year after year, bike ride after bike ride.

We look forward to our continued partnership, sharing the bicycle as an avenue to enhance the lives of Charlesview residents and the greater community.

Growing Roots & Building Ties in Charlesview Community

June 14th, 2015 was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the wheels were turning at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview. Close to 50 folks, most aged ten and younger, came out for CommonWheels’ first “Family Bikes Fiesta” of the season.

In addition to the crowd-favorite piñata, we provided bicycles to borrow, bike repair and one-on-one teaching of the basics of bicycle maintenance, and hosted a ride to the nearby Charles River pathways. At the end of four hours, kids had the skills to ride safe and fix smart, and eleven bicycles were donated to families who did not have access to bikes

The beauty of CommonWheels is the broad range of community we’re able to serve through our events, due in large part to the support and outreach of our neighborhood partners. Although four of the bikes donated went to Charlesview residents, seven other bicycles went to families who do not live at Charlesview—but in the nearby housing development of Faneuil Gardens, or to families who reside with state assistance at the Days Inn Hotel less than a mile from the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center. The energy and community of the Fiesta attracted these families from outside of Charlesview, and in turn, these children were able to meet and play with local Charlesview residents, and their parents were introduced to the services and staff of the community center.

Over the past year, working with Charlesview staff and the Community Center, CommonWheels has hosted six different clinics on bicycle repair and riding, and donated roughly thirty bicycles to Charlesview residents. Our regular presence at Charlesview has resulted in a strong community of families who turn out, time and time again, to fix their bikes, to learn bike handling skills and safe riding, and has helped to build relationships and trust amongst the neighborhood.

We want to grow these relationships over the years. First, we get young kids riding confidently when they’re 7 years-old, and we stay with them as they learn to fix their own flat tires at age 9, and later help them design a safe route to bike to middle school when they turn 11, and we can look forward to hiring them as CommonWheels staff in their teens.

CommonWheels doesn’t view our work as a charity resource to be given out, but rather as a relationship that grows stronger and deeper with each interaction. It is through these relationships that our own collective organization, and our own sense of community, grows.

The overarching mission of CommonWheels is to “empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives.” We want the bicycle to be part of everyone’s lifestyle, a free way to access transportation, to gain personal freedom, and to foster a sense of community through the simple joy of riding bikes with friends and neighbors. Our work with Charlesview and our involvement with their community allow us to succeed in that mission, year after year, bike ride after bike ride.

We look forward to our continued partnership, sharing the bicycle as an avenue to enhance the lives of Charlesview residents and the greater community.

CommonWheels is Hiring for the 2014 Season!

We’re looking for two passionate, self-directed people: 

Event Coordinator:

CW is seeking an outgoing and organized person to manage Open Shops. This is a part-time, seasonal position for someone who wants to make a difference in their bike community and will take initiative, engage others, and promote our mission. Compensation is $15-18/hr

Mechanic/Bike Educator:

CW is seeking an experienced bike mechanic to staff Open Shops in partnership with the Event Coordinator. This is a part-time, seasonal position for someone who wants to empower every biker on the street to become their own mechanic. Compensation is $20/hr

Read the Full Descriptions at www.commonwheels.org/jobs

CWRecruit

CommonWheels is Looking for Board Members!

The CommonWheels Board serves as the backbone for all of our programs, keeping the organization running smoothly administratively, planning events and programs, and pitching in as volunteers on the ground. Board members play a brainstorming, fundraising, and leadership role to make our programs happen.

CW is excited to expand our Board and bring in people with new and diverse ideas about how to bring to life our mission “to empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives.”

To join CW for the 2014 season, please send an email to info@commonweels.org with the subject “Events Coordinator”, “Mechanic”, or “Board”

…and Stay Tuned for an ALLSTON BIKE SOCIAL coming up at the end of the month!

Help us win $4K to give out BLINKY LIGHTS

CommonWheels needs your help! Take 20 seconds and vote for our idea for a $4,000 grant from the B Good Family Foundation. http://www.bgoodfamilyfoundation.com/you-decide/

We want to use the money to make biking safer in Boston by heading out to the corner and handing out blinky lights to folks who are riding at night with no lights. We think riding at night without lights is just too dangerous, and B Good agrees. This is a simple way to make a big difference to make biking safer in Boston.

Please go to this link and vote for our idea: http://www.bgoodfamilyfoundation.com/you-decide/

And Thank you for the support

bgood

Open Shop Returns!

You know if must really be spring when Open Shop finally makes its triumphant return!  Free, DIY, guerilla-style bike maintenance is coming back to the streets of Allston this week.   For those of you who don't know what the deal, Open Shop is our flagship program.  We set up shop on the side of the road with our repair stands and tools, and then help you fix whatever might be ailing your bike, all for free.  We aim to demystify the bike so that you can maintain your ride yourself.

We're expanding our reach into North Allston this year, so Open Shop will alternate between Union Square (same location as last year), and Barry's Corner (corner of N. Harvard and Western Ave).  Here's a map with our two spots for the season.

What: Free, DIY, guerilla bike maintenance, and a great cycling community. 
When: Every Wednesday afternoon, from about 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, weather permitting.
Where: Union Square Allston, or Barry's Corner Allston on alternating weeks.

Open Shop Returns!

You know if must really be spring when Open Shop finally makes its triumphant return!  Free, DIY, guerilla-style bike maintenance is coming back to the streets of Allston this week.   For those of you who don't know what the deal, Open Shop is our flagship program.  We set up shop on the side of the road with our repair stands and tools, and then help you fix whatever might be ailing your bike, all for free.  We aim to demystify the bike so that you can maintain your ride yourself.

We're expanding our reach into North Allston this year, so Open Shop will alternate between Union Square (same location as last year), and Barry's Corner (corner of N. Harvard and Western Ave).  Here's a map with our two spots for the season.

What: Free, DIY, guerilla bike maintenance, and a great cycling community. 
When: Every Wednesday afternoon, from about 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, weather permitting.
Where: Union Square Allston, or Barry's Corner Allston on alternating weeks.

A,B,Cs of Bike Maintenance! Fri, 4/12 at 4:30pm

After cleaning your bike last Sunday, I'm sure you've noticed that your tires may be running a bit low or your brakes a bit soft or your chain skips a bit... Well, we've got you covered! On Fri April 12 from 4:30-6:30 we will be hosting an A,B,Cs of Maintenance workshop at the Harvard Ed Portal Annex. We'll have pumps to inflate tires, wrenches to tighten brakes, and we'll cover the basics of derailleur adjustments to keep you shifting smoothly.

175 N Harvard St
in Allston, MA
02134!

Come by, learn a thing or two about your ride, and hang out with the CommonWheels Open Shop Crew!

 


A,B,Cs of Bike Maintenance! Fri, 4/12 at 4:30pm

After cleaning your bike last Sunday, I'm sure you've noticed that your tires may be running a bit low or your brakes a bit soft or your chain skips a bit... Well, we've got you covered! On Fri April 12 from 4:30-6:30 we will be hosting an A,B,Cs of Maintenance workshop at the Harvard Ed Portal Annex. We'll have pumps to inflate tires, wrenches to tighten brakes, and we'll cover the basics of derailleur adjustments to keep you shifting smoothly.

175 N Harvard St
in Allston, MA
02134!

Come by, learn a thing or two about your ride, and hang out with the CommonWheels Open Shop Crew!