At Positive Spin, anyone can earn a bike in our shop through volunteering. Volunteer hours are managed through YBDB (GNU General Public License), which can be configured to the policy specifications of a bike collective.

Volunteer hours may be used in place of cash to earn one used bike and used parts per shop season (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31).

Our shop openings / volunteer-only openings are essentially workshops where volunteers help each other to learn new skills or improve existing skills. However, there are other volunteer opportunities besides repairing bikes. Our program is successful, and enjoyed by our volunteers.


On 2019-03-21 11:30, Judith Feist wrote:

Any workshops out there have Adult Earn-a-Bike programs? How are they run? Are they successful? Do they differ from your regular volunteers?

I'd like to get something started here and wanted feedback on other folks' programs.
At FMCBW we had a program where folks could buy a bike out right and then work on it during open shop times (if anything needed replacing that was included in the price), OR they could volunteer 15 hours (i think) and we'd get them a bike and help them fix it up (same thing, replacement parts where included, if needed).......We have a bunch of adult bikes and, depending on the shape they are in, we'll fix 'em and sell them at the Hub, or minor adjustments are done and we sell 'em cheap at our monthly garage sales...
Personally, anytime I see a full suspension out in the wild I want to leave a note on it that they could trade it in towards an Adult bike that we'd help them fix up....but that might be just me...
Also, Happy Spring all! I hope you're well!
Judith C Feist
Co Director, the Hub at Back Alley
"Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root'"- Angela Davis
"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." -Gloria Steinem

I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world...It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.~Susan B. Anthony


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