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 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:

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 to see what we can work out!



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