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Thank you for making 2017 an incredible year for the New York Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op!

As we enter 2018, Mechanical Gardens (MG) celebrates our first full year of weekly Open Hours programming at our main space in Saint John the Evangelist Lutheran Church. Over the course of the year, our all-volunteer crew has empowered hundreds of New Yorkers to fix their own bicycles through these weekly workshops and at a variety of community events. We have developed relationships with local government, nonprofit, and business partners who share our values. Our members, volunteers, neighbors at St. John’s, and everyone who contributes to MG are hard at work building a welcoming, inspiring, and educational space for all New Yorkers.

Outside of Open Hours we celebrated a number of highlights, some of which you can see below in our photo gallery.

As we enter 2018, we’re implementing a new set of volunteer squads that will help our growing group of members manage the organization. Squads are forming for: Volunteer Management; Shop Management; Partnerships and Development; Finance; Programming; and Harmony. Let us know at bikecoopnyc@gmail.com if you want to squad up!

2017 In Review

  • We won a generous grant from People for Bikes to bring a MG bike outpost to southern Queens in collaboration with Smiling Hogshead Ranch.
  • We wrenched at the NYC Department of Transportation’s Biketoberfest event series, and other DOT events throughout the year.
  • We rode to (or from) Philadelphia to visit a sister community bike shop, Neighborhood Bike Works, to learn from the pros.
  • We honored the legendary mechanic Sheldon Brown on a social ride around Brooklyn bike shops.
  • We accepted major donations from multiple bike shop partners like Haven Cycles, Propel Bikes, and 718 Cyclery, and thank Red Lantern Cycles and Nomad Cycles for generously donating a treasure trove of valuable tools, parts, and equipment upon closing.
  • We partnered with two Cranksgiving rides to collect 65 lbs. of baby food, 95 packs of menstrual products, and 25 packs of diapers to donate to the food pantry at St. John’s Church.
  • Maybe we fixed your flat at the Brooklyn Bridge Park rest stop of Bike New York’s Five Borough Bike Tour.
  • We hosted our first Women Trans Femme intensive repair class series in collaboration with Brown Bike Girl, and got this dazzling write-up in Brooklyn Based!
  • We represented the co-op at Bike!Bike! Winnipeg, the international conference for community bike shops.