Cycles of Change started as an afterschool a bicycle education program founded in July of 1998 as part of the Roosevelt Village Center, a community-based partnership aimed at reversing the root causes of youth violence. In introducing a dual-component program of mechanics workshops and bicycle-based adventures, our mission was to promote cycling as a primary means of safe, enjoyable, accessible, inexpensive, healthy, and sustainable transportation for as many East Bay residents as possible. Operating out of a large middle school in East Oakland’s San Antonio district, the program was quickly successful in engaging neighborhood youth with its exciting program of adventure rides and hands-on mechanics. Cycles has grown steadily to become a well-known presence in our local area, providing beginners’ ride safety training, advanced bicycle adventures, bicycle restoration workshops, and environmental science programs for hundreds of East Bay youth at school sites and community centers in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda.
In 2007, Cycles of Change started a community bike shop in partnership with the Alameda Point Collaborative. It was named Best Bike Shop in the East Bay Express; and in 2008 Cycles was highlighted in the SF Guardian’s Best of the Bay awards. Cycles’ bike education programs have been featured in the SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, KRON, Alameda Sun-Times, and numerous small publications. Cycles of Change has received multiple awards from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, the Community Heroes award from the GGNRA’s Crissy Field Environmental Center, and the Innovators and Best Practices awards from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
In September of 2009, Cycles of Change started the Bikery, a community bike shop located less than half mile from the East Oakland school where we started. The Bikery offers used bikes for sale, full service repairs, earn-a-bike programs for youth and an adult commuter program, the Bike-Go-Round/Upcycle. Our office is also located here as well.
Cycles of Change remains based at the Bikery. We continue to offer Bike Clubs at local schools, and provide bike education programs across the East Bay.