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|Athens, Georgia, USA
|To provide a means whereby the economically disadvantaged or underprivileged can commute to work and thereby become integrated into the community. To provide safe and reliable transportation to individuals who have affirmed that they live below the poverty line and cannot therefore afford the expense of owning and operating a personal motor vehicle. To provide a program wherein volunteers can advance their bicycle repair and maintenance skills. To fund program expenses through donations, grants, sale of bicycles and fees for services.
Bike Athens Bicycle Recycling Program, a cooperative venture with local social support agencies, distributes reconditioned bikes to individuals in the Athens community who are underserved by private and public transportation. We rely exclusively on volunteers to recondition the bikes. We have refurbished thousands of bicycles since our program started in 2001.
1190 Prince Ave. Suite B
Athens, GA 30606
The BikeAthens BRP began in 2001 as a small group of friends in a garage, fixing bikes for the homeless in Athens. Years later, after occupying a storage unit, then an unconditioned warehouse space, we now have a 900 square-foot heated and cooled shop with a bathroom as well as a 2000 square-foot storage area. Thousands of volunteers have passed through the shop, most of whom started as novices and left with at least a few bike repair skills. In 2008 we added a third weekly 2.5 hour work session, and in 2012 we added a women-only work session. In 2016, we moved to 1075 W Broad St. We fix bikes for sale and donation. We offer sliding scale repairs and a weekly Fix Your Own Bike night where anyone can get help with their bike.
In 2022, we received a grant from REI to purchase a retired FED EX van to bring a mobile shop to more places and events.
In the summer of 2023, our landlord terminated our lease forcing us to move to our current location. We hope to reopen to the public in December 2023 or early January 2024. In the meantime we are handling clients and customers by appointment.
Old Shop Location: 1075 W. Broad St.
Athens, GA 30606
Old Old Shop Location: 149 Tracy Street
Athens, GA 30601
- Bike donations to local social service agencies
- Seasonal bike sales to the public
- Repairs for donation recipients and sales customers
- Holiday Bikes for Kids: bike donations to children served by local support agencies
- DIY Bike Repair Clinic on Thursday Nights, Open to the Public