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SPOKES Bike Walk Connect Cycles for Change SPOKES logois a community biking and walking center. It is the south Minneapolis branch of Cycles for Change. Our mission is to build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists. SPOKES does this by working to remove any barriers that make it difficult for people to use bicycles and walk. We are located near the Hiawatha LRT (Blue Line) Bike Trail at 1915 East 22nd Street (1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue, 1 block south of Franklin Avenue and the Franklin LRT station). Browse this site and visit our Facebook Page to find out more about us. Cycles for Change is a nonprofit and, of course, we would really appreciate a donation! 

For programs in St. Paul and the Community Partners Bike Library, visit the Cycles for Change website.

Do you want to learn how to ride a bike?

Do you want to learn how to ride a bike? Maybe you never learned how to ride. Maybe you haven’t ridden a bike for 30 years and want to try it again. The SPOKES location of Cycles for Change is again offering our Learn-to-Ride course.

In four hour-and-a-half classes we start with putting you on a bike that is short enough that both your feet can touch the ground. Then we send one or two sessions (it depends on the individual) on you learning how to balance. We progress to braking, peddling, turning and other safe riding skills. The class is open to anyone over 13 years old (we’ve had a couple students close to 70 years old). Click here for more information about the course. 

IMG_0179 2We now have five or our learn to ride courses scheduled. The courses will start in mid-April.  The course is free (but we do ask for a donation). We provide a helmet and a bike to use at the class. Click here for the schedule and how to register. 

If you want more about the course:

The learn-to-ride a bike course was featured on WCCO-TV’s Saturday morning local news. Some great video.  You can also check out the story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Star Tribune also has a fun video about the program.


A BIG THANK YOU to Health Partners for the significant financial support they are providing to the Learn-to-Ride program for 2015!
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Become a Trainer for our Adult Learn to Ride Course!

Learn to ride class

Become a cycling educator!

Learn how to teach adults how to ride a bicycle so that you can teach new cyclists at your organization, in your community, and your friends and family.

You are invited to participate in a one-class “Train-the-Trainers” session with SPOKES, Cycles for Change and the Community Partners Bike Library.

In this 2 ½ hour Train-the-Trainer class, we’ll talk about about the importance of teaching basic cycling skills, teach methods and exercises that can be used as teaching tools and then have hands-on activities to practice teaching these skills. We will also tell you about opportunities to volunteer to use your new teaching skills.

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm
Where: SPOKES, 1915 E. 22nd St, Minneapolis

There are 12  spots available for this training. Please RSVP as soon as possible (by April 15) to: learntoride@cyclesforchange.org or 612-889-1685.

You can find out more about our approach here.

Refreshments will be provided.
In order to take this class, you should know how to ride a bike.
Please bring a bike and a helmet.

HealthPartners logoHealth Partners has provided significant funding for our 2015 Learn to Ride program.

Calling all Volunteer Mechanics

MLK Day volunteers at SPOKESThursday February 26th at 6 PM (during our regular volunteer night), we will have a 45 minute training regarding our repair standards for the bikes that we (volunteers and staff) transform from dusty donations into shiny sale bikes.  Joe from the Hub will lead this training.  He will cover topics such as inspecting a frame for damage (in addition to being a very experienced mechanic, Joe is a local frame builder) when to replace tires or brake pads, standards for wheels, how to check a headset and what the next steps are after a volunteer has finished work on a bike.

The training is intended for current and brand new volunteer mechanics.  Whether you are a regular volunteer or you have never been to SPOKES, you are encouraged to attend and to consider staying to volunteer after the training (or coming at 5 to volunteer for an hour prior).  We will have some good snacks to share.   RSVP is NOT required but as always, contact us with questions.  We hope you can make it!

Volunteer night at SPOKES happens every Thursday between 5 and 9 PM.

A big change at SPOKES you may not notice

SPOKES Cycles for Change LogoOn January 1, we had a big change: SPOKES merged with Cycles for Change, a community bike center headquartered in St. Paul. The two community bike centers have very similar programs. Also, Cycles for Change provided fantastic support to SPOKES when it was starting two and a half years ago. We will keep SPOKES great staff, location, programs, and hours. . However, the merger means that we will no longer be a program of the Seward Neighborhood Group. We will miss SNG; SNG has been unbelievably in its support of SPOKES’ in its first two and a half years. (THANK YOU SNG!)

SPOKES is actually merging with an old friend. There hasbeen a long history of collaboration between SPOKES and Cycles for Change (as long as that a two and a half year old program can have):

  • Most of SPOKES’ programs and policies were designed using Cycles for Change’s programs as a template.
  • For its first year, SPOKES contracted with Cycles for Change to provide staff support for the Learn-to-Ride program and Open Shop.
  • SPOKES has been a branch of Cycles for Change’s Community Partners Bike Library Program for the last two years.

In addition, SPOKES is joining some old friends: Cycles for Change’s current Executive Director (Jason Tanzman) and current board president (Katya Pilling) were the two people responsible for the original idea of starting a community bike center in Seward. Katya also wrote the grant application that funded the start-up of SPOKES. Reme, the shop manager at Cycles for Change, helped out at SPOKES during Open Shop and Grease Rag in 2013.

For Seward Neighborhood Group, this change frees-up capacity to start other new and creative activities. And even though we are no longer a program of SNG, SPOKES will continue to partner with SNG on activities in the neighborhood.

For Cycles for Change and SPOKES, the benefits include:

  • SPOKES will be part of a larger organization that has a board and staff who are all about getting more people biking.
  • Cycles for Change has some exciting youth programs that will expand to the SPOKES location.
  • With locations on both sides of the river, Cycles for Change and SPOKES can work together to become a regional voice in bike advocacy.
  • SPOKES has an established record of working with the East African Community. Cycles for Change has an established record of working with the Latino/Latina community.
  • SPOKES’ adult Learn-to-Ride program (initially based on curriculum developed by Cycles for Change) will expand to serve more people who have never learned to ride a bike.
  • Volunteers from both organizations will have even more choices of ways and when to volunteer.
  • Cycles for Change and SPOKES will be able to share each others experience, expertise and enthusiasm.

With this merger, both organizations will be able to be even more effective in our work of building a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists in the Twin Cities.

Used bikes for shorter riders available!

Hello all!  We have a very good selection of refurbished used bikes for riders 5’4″ and under in our store which is operated by The Hub Bike Co-op.  Here are photos of a few. More bikes are added every week.  All sale bikes have been overhauled and then checked by two professional mechanics.  Come down for a test ride Saturdays 10-5 and Wednesdays 5-9 or by appointment.  We will be adding Sunday hours in late March! Taller folks, don’t worry, we have some great bikes for y’all also- we will post a few of those next time.

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Sign Up Now for Earn-A-Bike Classes in March and May

Need a bicycle for Spring but low on cash?  Our March and May  Earn-A-Bike Classes are open for registration! The March class will be Saturday mornings from 9 AM-12 PM.  it begins March 7 and runs for four weeks.    There will also be a class in May on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 P.M. beginning May 5th.  Classes are taught by SPOKES pro mechanics with assistance from trained volunteers.  For more information about the Earn-a-Bike Program at SPOKES, go here.  To sign up, please compete the form below or you may call us at 612-787-7433.  Please call or email info@spokesconnect.org with questions. Featured image