UpCycles on Telecare

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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!  

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Cycles of Changes hosts Community Input Session for the Oakland Master Bicycle Plan

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 criminalization 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.

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Upcycle class Thursday December 13th

We will  conduct a 4 hour bicycle  safety class to clients of Dignity Commons which  serves homeless and at risk veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.

 

After attending the class participants will receive a refurbished bicycle for transportation and exercise, a helmet, u-lock, lights and a cargo rack.



Dignity Commons

2350 Rainbow Court #A

Alameda,CA 94501

 

https://operationdignity.org/mission-and-vision/

 

For more info contact Phoenix

 

510-698-2537



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Upcycle Community Ride and Fundraiser

Sunday ride

Join us for our Upcycle Community Ride and Fundraiser! Dec 2, 11:30 - 3pm, meet at Hasta Muerte. FREE, Donations accepted, all funds raised will go toward Upcycle.

 

Join Oakland Upcycle, a program for adults that want to try Bicycling as a form of healthy, reliable transportation, exercise, and recreation. Operated out of the Bikery, a

community bike shop located at 1246 23rd Ave.

 

**note, event will be postponed in the case of heavy rain

 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2nd 11am-3pm

Upcycle (a program of Cycles of Change)

Community Ride Series

**Keep us rolling with a fun

all levels bike ride**

Free. donations

welcome. notaflof

Questions?

fundraising@cyclesofchange.org

11:30 am:

Meet up at Hasta Muerte Coffee

2701 Fruitvale Ave Oakland, CA 94601

12:15pm Roll out! Enjoy a ride

through East Oakland marshlands and watershed

3pm: Ride ends at Fruitvale BART


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East Side Holiday Art and Book Fair and grand opening - Bandung Books

Join us for original artwork, prints, ceramics, crafts by local artists, DJs, performances, writers and delicious refreshments and spirits!

participants include…

Taller Xochicura, Emory Douglas, Peps 357, Dime, Dignidad Rebelde, La Ruca, Alfareria Jafet and more!

 

FREE EVENT!

 

Saturday December 1st 12-6pm

Eastside arts alliance Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd

Oakland

https://www.eastsideartsalliance.org/



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Bikery Winter sale

BIKERY WINTER HOLIDAY SALE! 20% off on all bikes and  accessories!!!

Looking for a new bicycle? 

Want to jazz up your current set of wheels? 

Gift shopping?

 

Check out our 

BIKERY WINTER HOLIDAY SALE! 20% off on all bikes and accessories!!!

 

THIS SATURDAY, DEC 1st, 11am-5pm

1246 23rd Ave

 

Questions? Contact (510) 536-6732. See you there!

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THE BIKERY COMMUNITY BIKE SHOP BURGLARIZED

The Bikery, the Cycles of Change community bike shop, was burglarized in the early morning hours of August 12th. Over 30 bikes were stolen, as well as bike parts and the cash register till, totalling a loss of approximately $20,000. We are reaching out to you, dear community, for your support in helping us get back on our feet! If you can, please donate here:

Cycles of Change works to improve the health and sustainability of East Bay neighborhoods by increasing the use of bicycles as transportation, connecting youth with the extraordinary living systems of our local area, and building a diverse community of visionary young leaders. Bikery has been in operation in the San Antonio district for over 9 years, with a commitment to making bikes accessible to everybody, being a more affordable resource for folks east of Lake Merritt.

This has been heartbreaking. The Bikery is a full service bike shop run by a collective of Oakland educators of color, many of whom live in the neighborhood, and have participated in Cycles of Change bike programs as youth. Income from selling bikes goes to pay all staff a living wage, as well as run the shop and multiple programs that support people in our community.

In previous years, The Bikery has been supported through grants that helped operate these community programs, but grant funding is winding down, making bike sales even more crucial to Cycles’ survival.

See full press release Here

Our Ask

Cycles of Change is looking for community support to rebuild the fleet of bikes that were stolen, and recover from the loss. We're gratefully accepting donations of complete, working and almost-working bicycles and usable bike parts.  Cycles is also accepting monetary donations -

you can make a one-time donation at https://www.cyclesofchange.org/donate, or

you can sign up to be a monthly sustainer at https://www.cyclesofchange.org/sustainer

All donations are tax-deductible.

For inquiries, please contact: eugene@cyclesofchange.org or phoenix@cyclesofchange.org

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Cycles of Change's 20% Off Holiday Shopping Days are from November 29 - December 1, 2018.

Sports Basement Basementeer that has selected Cycles of Change as their beneficiary will be raising money on your behalf as they shop.

To make this holiday shopping season even more successful, Sports Basement Basementeer have scheduled a special 20% off holiday shopping day for Cycles of Change supporters!

Everyone signed up supporting Cycles of Change can shop all day at any of our stores and receive 20% off their whole purchase. Some exclusions apply. The more they spend, the more you receive in 2019!

*Please note that in order to receive the 20% off, your supporters must be enrolled in the Basementeer program.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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