The Park Hill Bike Depot in Denver was founded in 2008 with one simple mission: to improve the quality of life for local residents by building a community of confident bicyclists. With the help of a core staff and committed volunteers, the Depot meets this mission through a bikes+community+education approach to advocacy. In 2014, volunteers gave 10,000 hours to the Depot.
Bike Depot provides access to low-cost, high-quality bikes, accessories and professional bike repair through a retail store. All bikes sold come from public donations and are refurbished by bike mechanics and resold at one-third to one-half their original price. Proceeds are reinvested into programs like Summer Bike Camp, Youth Bike Rodeos and Earn-a-Bike. Bike Depot’s most popular program, Fix-Your-Bike, provides free access to work stations where participants can make bike repairs with the assistance of skilled volunteers.
Regular classes are also available on topics such as maintaining your bike, bike commuting basics or winter riding, and are taught by volunteers and professionals. Bike Depot’s outreach programs are in high demand and able to serve only one in three individuals that seek their support. You can support their programs, participate in a fun community, and get a sweet deal on bikes or training by simply shopping with Bike Depot or taking a class.
To contribute your time, skills, and support, or make a bike-related donation of any kind, visit TheBikeDepot.org or drop by the shop at 2825 Fairfax St. in Denver.
Ryan Schutz, Executive Director of The Bike Depot, contributed to this article.