Who Are We?
Charlottesville Community Bikes is a non-profit bicycle shop that works under The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) to promote environmentally-sound transportation, recycle bicycles, and make cycling accessible in Charlottesville, VA. Our shop is volunteer-based, with two paid positions: shop manager & director.
The Community Bike Shop emerged out of Charlottesville's Yellow Bike Program. The program, which lasted only a few weeks, involved about 150 yellow bikes being placed throughout the city for anyone to use at their leisure. Unfortunately theft & damage of the bicycles required that the program be put on hold. The Community Bike Shop allows its patrons to invest energy and money into a bike that they can keep and offers them information on how to maintain bikes.
As a local non-profit, we rely strictly on funding from private individuals and organizations. Although we primarily work with recycled materials, we do spend money on shop improvements, perishable bicycle parts (bicycle tubes, cables, etc), and rent, insurance, and utilities. We encourage a $5 monetary donation for every hour of shop use.
What Do We Do?
At the shop you will find volunteers helping patrons repair their own bikes, build a bike, or teaching mechanic skill classes. We accept donations of bicycles, tools, money, parts, clothing, and memorabilia. These donations go a long way to make cycling economically accessible for Charlottesville.