Watershed Program

Bret Harte Bike Club wrapped up a special session, where Wednesdays on an adventure to learn about their local watershed - from the hills of Oakland down to the SF Bay, thanks to a grant from the Alameda County Clean Water Program. First they saw images of what Oakland was like just 300 years ago - one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Then they rode bikes up to Diamond park, hiked up Sausal Creek and tested the water’s pH, temperature, phosphate and dissolved oxygen levels. All the results came out within a decent range, except for phosphate, the phosphate levels were high - meaning there’s fertilizer, sewage and/or detergents getting in the water. The following week students looked at raised relief maps and satellite maps of the Bay Area to better understand where it is they live, and how water flows across the land here. Then they road bikes down to where Sausal Creek flows into the SF Bay and tested the water again - the water quality tests came out pretty badly! The water was hot, the pH was off, oxygen was low, and the results for Phosphate were higher than before - not surprisingly - seeing that all the runoff from the streets in Oakland flows untreated into Oakland’s 13 creeks and the SF Bay!


The students also had their own personal interest in local water quality - they have been concerned that there was lead in Bret Harte’s drinking water, especially in the water coming from the Bike Club’s sink, so the students sent a Bike Club water sample to a local lab. Results showed that levels were 0.000182 ppb, with acceptable levels being between 0-15 ppb. Not bad! To wrap it up, the students installed “No Dumping - Drains to Bay” placards next to all the storm drains on the school yard, parking lot and street. Yay for Bret Harte Bike Club! We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a wise, fun and unique group of individuals.


Cycles of Changes hosts Community Input Session

On Tuesday, April 24th, Cycles of Change facilitated a community input session for the upcoming update to the Oakland Master Bicycle Plan. Originally adopted in 1999, the plan hasn’t had a major update since 2007.

Our role was to facilitate conversations between members of the community with city Department of Transportation officials and planning consultants present to listen and gather input. This was accomplished with four rotating discussion groups that focused on a major concern with urban development and renewal in our communities: 1) equity 2) displacement & gentrification 3) healthy and livable streets 4) programs.

In all, about 35 community members attended. There was some overlap between the discussion groups, but a few themes stood out. All attendees were worried about the effect of new infrastructure in the community, some asking if the improvements were meant to welcome and attract new residents, while pushing out others. Alongside this was the powerful argument that there is a stronger demonstrated need for housing, jobs and better education in Oakland than for new bike lanes. There was concern over the decriminalization of some bikers, particularly targeting riders of color and youth. There were many expressions for the need and desire to provide more bike education and resources in underrepresented areas of the town, as well as more spaces where kids on bikes can feel welcome, and “just chill.” There was also a call to support more POC businesses and getting more POC trained as bike mechanics and educators. Our hope is that Cycles and the Bikery can be better supported so that we can keep addressing those community needs.


For more information about Oakland’s Bicycle Plan or to voice your thoughts, check out the Let’s Bike Oakland! Web page.



Winter 2017 Newsletter



We don't have to tell you how frightening the rent situation is in Oakland. So many have, and continue to be, displaced at the interest of city officials, developers and corporations that prioritize profits over people. Well, not this time - not on this block! Together, the community organizations (Cycles of Change/the Bikery, SOL, LOL and Peacock Rebellion) and residents in the building partnered with the Oakland Community Land Trust to collectively purchase and own the building at 23rd Ave, stabilizing affordable rent rates and keeping it in community hands forever! We’ll be having a party to celebrate this huge win on Sunday, January 28th @ Eastside Arts Alliance from 3-5pm! Come celebrate with us!

JOIN US AT OVER THE MOON: 20 Years of Revolutionary Bike Love 

Cycles is turning 20! Since 1998, we've helped tens of thousands of young people bike safely on city streets, helped thousands of students build bikes of their very own, and been on hella pedal-powered adventures in Oakland, and across Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

If you add up all the miles we have biked, from our schools, to our parks, and through our neighborhoods over the years, we've ridden halfway to the moon! On February 24, we hope you will join us at Over the Moon, Cycles of Change’s 20th anniversary celebration on February 24th, 2018!

Featuring performances by Ieumsae Korean Drummers, the Singing Bois, Zion Angeles, and more TBA. 

Tickets are now available!  Visit http://www.cyclesofchange.org/overthemoon to purchase tickets today! 





This December, you're invited to join our sustainers' circle to ensure that Cycles can keep pedaling for the next 20 years! Right now, your support will help us set up a sustainable community ownership structure for the 23rd Ave Community Building, as well as help expand our after-school bike clubs and continue to give away bikes to low-income adults who need access to reliable transportation.  

Join our sustainers' circle today!  For as little as $5 a month, you'll help us plan for the future knowing we have reliable support.  All monthly sustainers will receive two complimentary tickets to Over the Moon: 20 Years of Revolutionary Bike Love, as well as other perks throughout the year. 



UpCycles participants smiling after getting their bikes.

UpCycle giving away bikes at the Telecare office.

The UpCycle program empowers Oakland residents through education and distribution of bicycles as a low-cost, environmentally-friendly, reliable form of transportation. Since our last newsletter, UpCycle offered two four-hour safety classes to 50 participants who were in need of low-cost transportation to access vital resources. Armed with bike safety knowledge, participants also left with all of the equipment needed to commute by bike: a fully refurbished bike, a helmet, lights, lock and map to local bike pathways!

UpCycle proudly partnered up with BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency)Lincoln Square Recreation Center and Allen Temple Baptist Church!

BOSS is a local Bay Area organization that provides numerous services for low-income and formerly incarcerated folks to help them to resettle in their home communities.

Lincoln Square Recreation Center: UpCycle offered bike safety classes in Mandarin and will offer them once or twice a month beginning in 2018!

Allen Temple Baptist Church: For the second consecutive year, we participated in Allen Temple’s 40th annual holistic health fair, where we gave away 15 bikes!  


Andrea and Alvin teaching to Earn-a-bike-students at the Bikery

The Bikery is a community bike shop located in the San Antonio district of Oakland. We are here to provide a welcoming space for people to work on their bikes and find affordable repairs and used bike parts. The Bikery is also a place for us to continue building our relationships with young people who been through our in-school and after school programs, offering workshops, youth job-training and high school internships. 

The Bikery OPEN HOURS this WINTER are: 

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-6pm,
and Saturdays 11am-5pm!

Wheel Building Services:

The Bikery is now offering CUSTOM WHEEL BUILDING with our new Morizumi spoke cutter! We can build you that custom wheel of your dreams, OR you can sign up to take a class on wheel building from the Bikery staff.




  This Holiday season, the Bikery is giving away 15 youth bikes! Our organization focuses on empowerment     and leadership development of our young people. If you are interested in one of the bikes or know a young         person who would benefit from having their own bike, please come by the Bikery during open shop hours to       inquire! This offer is good while supplies last. 




Bike Clubs are after school programs that teach young people safe riding and bike repair skills. Young people in our Bike Clubs get opportunities to earn bikes of their own and go on wondrous adventures throughout the East Bay. We just wrapped the fall sessions of Bike Club at Bret Harte Middle School and Madison Park Academy! Students got to explore our watershed on bikes, hike in the woods, and build custom bikes of their very own! It was a wonderful time, and we look forward to more amazing adventures in the spring! If you would like to learn more about how you can support our Bike Clubs, or to bring a Bike Club to your school or community, please contact Eugene: eugene@cyclesofchange.org.

Xavier’s sweet paint job on his Earn-A-Bike
Bike Club students riding to Alameda 
Bret Harte Bike Club at Lion Creek



Our Drive Your Bike staff have been busy bringing Safe Routes 2 School and Rodeo programs to Elementary, Middle and High Schools around the East Bay! So far this school year we have served thousands of students at Joe Michell Elementary in Livermore, Castro Valley High, Alameda Science & Technology Institute, Wells Middle School in Dublin, Wood Middle School in Alameda, United for Success in Oakland, Cesar Chavez Middle School in Hayward, Sequoia Elementary in Oakland, Mission Valley Elementary, and East Bay Innovation Academy.

Interested in bringing Drive Your Bike to your school? Hit up driveyourbike@cyclesofchange.org to see what we can work out!



Mailing Address 1246 23rd Ave. Oakland, CA 94606
Main Office (510) 842-1006 
General Email info@cyclesofchange.org

Cycles of Change Offers Bike Clubs and Bike Mechanics Classes for Youth and Adults!

For the last 19 years, Cycles of Change is a collectively-run organization of bike education and has been a pillar organization in East Oakland. Missioned to keep bicycles accessible to the community, Cycles of Change holds down the community bike shop, The Bikery, and coordinates bike safety and riding programs around the East Bay. In lieu of some funding shortcomings from local transportation commissions for important bicycle education programs for youth and adults, Aetna Foundation has granted Cycles of Change $100,000 over two years.

Bike Clubs are the foundational program that got Cycles rollinʻ in 1998. Cyclesʻ staff are educators and bike mechanics who equip youth and adult participants with bikes and safety equipment to go on bike adventures to natural places near them. Mechanics classes and workshops are held to teach folks how to do minor repairs while on the road, like fixing a flat tire, adjusting your brakes, or reattaching your chain.

“Shifting our energies to moving ourselves around on bicycles instead of depending on fossil fueled modes of transportation does make a difference on our impact on the environment and our own physical, mental and spiritual health,” says Eri Oura, an educator for Cycles.

Most Bike Clubs are based in-school at local middle and high schools, like Bret Harte, Madison and MetWest. Other Bike Clubs form through our community bike shop.

In addition to Bike Clubs, Cycles of Change offers basic to expert mechanics skills classes, in which participants can learn how to fix flat tires or learn to build a bike!

Check out www.cyclesofchange.org for more info or email us at info@cyclesofchange.org.

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Cycles of Change’s Safety Program is Hiring

Safe Routes to School “Drive Your Bike” Program

Cycles of Change is currently hiring an on-call Educator for our Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Education Program. Cycles of Change is a 19 year old, collectively run, non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of East Bay residents by providing a variety of bicycle education programs for youth and adults.  

About Safe Routes To Schools (SR2S)

SR2S is an international movement to create opportunities for children to walk, bicycle, and take alternative transit to and from schools, with a particular emphasis on low-income schools.  SR2S is intended to reverse the alarming trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity and to reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. Visit http://alamedacountysr2s.org/ to find out more about the existing Alameda County Safe Routes To Schools program.

The Safe Routes to School “Drive Your Bike” Program at Cycles of Change serves Elementary, Middle, and High Schools throughout the East Bay by teaching a 5 day Bike Safety program to classes of 20-50 students during and after school. The “Drive your Bike” curriculum is hands-on and takes students from the classroom, to learning skills on the blacktop, to riding on the street. The model is tailored to the structure of the school day, the age of the students, and the schedule of a one day special event.

Visit  www.cyclesofchange.org/programs/safe-routes-to-school/ for more information about the program.

About You

Cycles Of Change seeks an energetic, friendly, creative, flexible, and organized individual with good communication and group management skills to help facilitate our Bike Safety Education Program! 


  • Teach the curriculum in the classroom, on the blacktop, and on the road.
  • Work with school teachers to be a part of facilitating and participating in the curriculum.
  • Maintain students’ physical and emotional safety.
  • Maintain security, organization, and functionality of bicycles and equipment at each site.
  • Haul bicycle fleets and equipment from storage sites to schools sites.
  • Ensure paperwork such as permissions slips and written student tests are distributed and collected.  
  • De-escalate emergencies and administer first aid if necessary.
  • Problem solve ways to integrate the program in each unique school setting.  
  • Work cooperatively with program coordinators, school teachers, and other Bike Safety Educators

Qualifications & Desired Qualities

We are looking for an individual with: 

    • Experience with East Bay youth and schools
    • A solid understanding and practice of bicycle commuting, safety, and mechanics 
    • The ability to speak loudly for prolonged amounts of time indoors and outdoors.
    • Effective communication skills, ability to give and receive constructive criticism, and active listening skills
    • Personal qualities such as a positive attitude, good intuition, self-management, dependability, patience, respect for peers and youth, and a passion for teaching.
    • Experience with managing large groups of young people
    • A history of good working relationships with diverse populations, communities, and a high level of cultural competency 
    • Experience working within a collective setting 
    • Proficient communication in Spanish a plus


Work Schedule & Compensation

The work schedule is variable. Most shifts will be scheduled during the school day with occasional evenings and weekends. This is an on-call, part time position that runs on the academic calendar, with the potential for up to 8-20 hours per week. Scheduling will be based on your flexibility and availability. 

Start Date: For Immediate Hire

Compensation: DOE. $19.25 / hour. + Paid travel time from Fruitvale Bart to School Site.

This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive.  It is understood that the employee will also perform other reasonable related duties if requested.  This position description is not a written or an implied contract.  It will be reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. Performance reviews will be conducted annually.

Our staff is focused on making positive change in the world and supports and celebrates diversity. Cycles of Change is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and individuals who identify as queer are strongly encouraged to apply.


To Apply – Send Cover Letter, Resume & Supplemental Answers to Hiring@cyclesofchange.org by Friday, March 24th. (Applications will be taken on a rolling basis after that date)


Supplemental Application Questions:

  1. What experience do you have working with 8-18 year olds from diverse backgrounds, specifically in an outdoor setting?
  2. Describe your familiarity with the diverse communities of Alameda County.
  3. Are you conversational in any languages in addition to English? 
  4. How long have you been riding and what kind of riding do you do (commuting, recreational, touring, etc)?
  5. Please explain your experience as a bike mechanic. Do you feel comfortable assessing bikes for mechanical safety?
  6. What is your experience engaging with collectives and/or collectively run projects?
  7. Do you have any additional organizational skills you would like to share? 
  8. Do you feel comfortable driving a U-Haul truck on freeways and streets throughout the East Bay Area?
  9. What additional skills/assistance will you need in order to be successful in this position?
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