I am writing to inquire about how any of your organization have dealt with
the issuing of assigning value to the services that a non profit community
bike space provides (ideally in creative ways outside of our money
transaction economy), particularly with pre-teenage youth in urban areas.
Troy Bike Rescue functions strictly on donations and a sliding scale pay
system where patrons are asked to pay for specific items based on what it is
worth to them and what they can afford. This sliding scale pay system
applies to the 5 or 6 floor bikes we may have at any one time as well as a
small selection of tires, bells, locks, and other very basic bike
What we are struggling with is how to become not just a "place to get your
bike fixed for free". How do we handle the swarm of kids, convey a message
about WHAT we are doing, and also provide the services needed to keep bikes
on the road?