50 Bike Build-a-Thon for Essential Workers

On a blistering July weekend, the Brooklyn Army Terminal returned to its origins as a staging ground for confronting a global crisis — but this time, instead of soldiers assembling to fight the Nazis, it was an army of volunteers assembling bicycles for hospital workers to fight COVID-19. Learn more >>

The Mechanical Gardens is NYC’s community bike co-op: a bicycle repair and education center where we put the tools for happiness into the hands of every visitor and volunteer! Come visit and we’ll guide you through how to fix, maintain, or upgrade your bike, or even build a new one. No experience necessary. We’re open every Monday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 195 Maujer Street, Brooklyn.

Everyone deserves the chance to bike: It keeps dollars in our pockets and emissions out of the air, makes us healthier, fosters climate resiliency, and provides amazing, free urban transportation.

The Problem: countless New Yorkers can’t afford bikes or repairs, or face discrimination in commercial bike shops because of their gender, age, background, or appearance. Bike lanes alone will never be enough to overcome social inequality — fair access to biking depends on fair access to bikes, repairs, and hands-on mechanical education.

The Mechanical Gardens addresses these needs: With free, hands-on workshops in local community centers, using communal tools, reclaimed resources, and a strong social consciousness, we make bikes & repairs accessible to everyone who lives, works, and plays in NYC. We also invite all participants to join our our volunteer collective and take ownership over the co-op and its future.

Over four years, we’ve developed bold & effective strategies for community service, public education, and collective organizing to advance our mission. As 2020 begins, we’ve got an ambitious agenda for serving NYC communities. All we need is you! Join the charismatic group of bike riders, civic leaders, local partners, and financial supporters who are helping us expand bike equity farther than ever before — come stop by to work on your bike or volunteer, visit our donation page, or get in touch about programming opportunities.