A bike co-op is a non-commercial space where people learn how to work on their bikes. Attendees can volunteer and become co-op members, who then determine how the space feels, who it serves, what languages are spoken, and what kinds of programs happen.
The Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op is a bicycle repair and education center dedicated to expanding public access to bike repair tools and knowledge. Countless New Yorkers struggle against financial disparities, education gaps, and discrimination in order to keep their bikes moving. The Mechanical Gardens is creating a space for community-based workshops that empower every rider to master their relationship to mobility and mechanics. We are embodying New York’s multifaceted movement for urban equity by democratizing bike repair and rider education.
We’re currently raising money for tools and supplies, seeking a temporary or permanent home, and welcoming volunteers who want to help us organize.
What’s the objective?
By helping New Yorkers learn to repair their own bikes and ride safely, we will instill the skills and confidence to move through the city on their own terms.
By inviting learners to become co-op leaders, we will cultivate a space that reflects a diversity of cultures, characters, and contexts.
By universalizing access to quality bike maintenance, we will elevate neighborhood health and resiliency while combating economic, environmental, and social inequalities.
By addressing the conjunction of bike issues and affordable housing, living wage work, food deserts, gentrification, and other aspects of urban development, we will engender the growth of civic engagement.