|Location||Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Mission Statement||Through advocacy and recycling of the bicycle, the BICAS mission is to promote education, art, and a healthy environment while providing service and opportunity for those in need.|
BICAS stands for "Bicycle Inter-Community Action & Salvage" and is a Cooperatively run 501(c)(3) Community Center that through advocacy and recycling of the bicycle promotes education, art, and a healthy environment while providing services and opportunity for those in need.
44 West 6th Street Tucson, AZ 85705
- Phone (520)628-7950
BICAS started in late 1989 as an organization called Bootstraps to Share. A group of like-minded community members came together to assist and empower the homeless population in Tucson, helping folks attain work, shelter, food, and transportation. Over the next few years, the organization focused on sustainable transportation as a requisite for sustainable work, determining their greatest impact was to provide recycled bicycles and the skills needed to maintain them. In that same period, youth became interested in the bicycle mechanics programs. Thus, BICAS in the way we know it today came into existence around 1994, although the name “BICAS” wasn't used until 1996. We have since extended our bicycle recycling, advocacy and education programs out to the entire community. Since our founding, we have trained thousands of youth and adults in the trade of bicycle repair, maintenance and safety, and restored thousands of bicycles, saving them from the waste stream.
We also have a more detailed history.