Weekly Update: Join the BBP Team, Volunteer & Construction Needs, + More!

Member’s Night Class: Friday 9/12, 6:30-8:00PM

Unlocking the Power of Your Cables and Housing: Inspecting/Servicing Brake and Shifter Cable Systems

Most people forget to check their cables and housing when they’re experiencing shifting or braking problems, but it should be the first thing you check. Cable housing is like a garden hose and your cables are like the water flowing through it, the more kinks and obstructions in the hose the worse the water flows.

In this class, we will teach you how to check your cables and housing for kinks and obstructions and replace them if needed.

 

Join the BBP Team: We’re Hiring!

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We’re currently hiring part time mechanics to help refurbish used bikes and teach others how to repair and maintain their cycles. If you have the knowledge needed to teach others bike repair and a strong belief in the personal, social, and environmental benefits of bicycling, we need you! Check out the Bicycle Mechanic Position here for more information and how to apply. You can also come by the shop to fill out an application and get involved. If you need to brush up on your mechanics but aspire to better Boise through bicycling, volunteering is a great way to get started at the BBP!

 

Scrap Metal Pickups Needed!

When a bike gets donated to the BBP, we make sure that everything useful on it is reused. However, the broken frames and parts that can’t be re-purposed add up quick and every week we end up with a sizable pile of scrap metal. We’re seeking volunteers to help us haul scrap from the BBP to Pacific Steel & Recycling on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. Funds raised from the scrap can go back to the BBP or be donated to another awesome non-profit. Volunteers need to provide their own truck (having a trailer helps, too). Help us keep bikes and bike parts out of landfills!


 

Volunteer with BBP

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September’s Kid’s B.A.S.H. giveaway is this Saturday so all week long we’ll be looking for volunteers to assist us in having all the bikes tuned up and ready to go by the weekend. You can sign up here to come in during open hours and help build up some kids bikes, or click here if you’d rather come in on Saturday morning and lend a hand passing out bikes at the event.

In addition to the B.A.S.H. on Saturday, we’ll be at the Capitol City Public Market providing free valet bike parking as well as a DIY repair stand. We’ll need a couple of folks to help with manning the BBP booth as well as parking bikes for market goers.  Click here to help out, it'll be a great time!

Also, we’ve got a number of construction projects piling up around the shop. If you have any handyman or handywoman experience we’ve got plenty of ways for you to help out. Our Tues. and Thurs. 6-8 volunteer nights are a great time to come in wrench on a things that aren’t bikes.

Lastly, Primary Health’s big bike drive is only a few weeks away and in the meantime we’ll be calling out to anyone with a truck or a trailer to assist with donation pick-ups. Email Aaron, our volunteer coordinator, at aaron@boisebicycleproject.org for more information on how you can help get those bikes to the shop and back in to the community!


Roll with BBP

Paper Plates: A Feast for Freedom

Wednesday, September 13 | 6-9pm

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Our friends at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are hosting a fundraiser to offset U.S. citizenship application fees for refugees and immigrants in Boise. You can purchase tickets for $35 or donate directly to the fundraiser if you can't attend the dinner at

 

Biking with the Brinkleys

BBP's 2017 Car 4 Bike Trader Family

The Brinkley Family is pedaling away, over 160 miles under their belt so far! Be sure to keep up with their travels on their blog: bikingbrinkleys.wordpress.com

Boise now has more than 50 Bicycle Friendly Businesses!

The League of American Bicyclists has just announced three more Boise businesses that can officially call themselves "Bicycle Friendly."

Now, with 51 certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB), Boise is making strong headway in becoming the Bicycle Capital of America and gaining on Fort Collins, CO, the city with the most BFB's in the country.

The four newest additions to claim Bicycle Friendly Business status are Just Eat Local, which is the umbrella business for Bittercreek & Red Feather Lounge, The Boise Food Co-op, Drake Cooper, and the Shandro Group.

 

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Drake Cooper, a long time leader in sustainable choices, came in on top with Gold level recognition from the League. They've very appropriately made room for this award right next to their many Platinum ACHD May in Motion awards. Gold level designation is not an easy accomplishment; Drake Cooper goes above and beyond to encourage bicycling and enhance their bicycle friendliness for their company, and for Boise.

Drake Cooper boasted about their very distinguished designation:

"We love Boise, And we love it best on a ten-speed. Or a three-speed.  Or a fixed gear trick-poppin’ wheelie machine. We show love for skateboards, roller skates and in extreme instances of friendship, roller blades. We are proud to have institutionalized our gear love with cash incentives for not driving a car and Boise Green Bike memberships as a benefit of employment. Join our team for a ride sometime." 

 

The Boise Food Co-op received Silver designation because they go the extra mile to make their co-workers, co-owners, and guests have the best shopping experience and because they give that same 110% attitude when it comes to encouraging biking. Says Mo Valko, Food Co-op co-worker & co-owner:

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"As a leader in sustainability in the Treasure Valley, the Boise Co-op is really excited to be a part of the Bicycle Friendly Business community. We hope to see more communities look to the North End neighborhood as a model for walkability and bikeability."

The Boise Food Co-op recently installed a new covered bike parking facility, a bike repair stand, and offer a punch card that'll reward you with a free (delicious, if I say so myself) sandwich or burrito just for you walking or biking to the co-op.  Beyond that, the co-op has indoor bike parking for co-workers, hosts a Bike to Work Day breakfast station (that's right, free breakfast for bike commuters) each year on National Bike to Work Day in May, and is an ongoing supporter of the Boise Bicycle Project and Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance.

 

Just Eat Local, representing Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge, received Bronze status from the League. In the past year, they've kicked up their dedication to being bicycle friendly. They hosted their first Bike from Work Celebration on National Bike to Work Day, complete with free beer for bike commuters and a fundraiser benefiting Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. They committed to making biking easy and accessible for their employees by becoming Business Members at the Boise Bicycle Project, which provides unlimited shop time and free maintenance classes so their bikes are always in prime condition and ready to roll. Keep an eye out for more things rolling your way from Just Eat Local; they're putting their power foot forward to promote bicycling in Boise.

 

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As the only insurance agency in town that can call itself a Bicycle Friendly Business, Shandro Group was awarded Silver BFB designation by the League of American Bicyclists. Located in Hyde Park, they capitalize on the bicycle friendliness of their surroundings. They offer loaner bikes for employees and guests who may have driven to work, but can bike to meetings, allow bikes to be stored inside, and have maintenance tools on hand for quick fixes. The Shandro Group takes their commitment to encouraging bicycling to the next level by attending public meetings to advocate for cyclists and bicycling in Boise, and is working to establish a Boise GreenBike station outside of their business. The Shandro Group is proud to be called a Boise Bicycle Friendly Business:

"The Shandro Group is proud to encourage more biking in our community by becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business and look forward to doing even more in the future."

We have more BFB's than Portland! Help us keep growing!

If you or your business is interested in learning more about the Bicycle Friendly Business program, joining the 50 (and growing!) Boise Bicycle Friendly Businesses, or taking steps to become more bicycle friendly, email kelly@boisebicycleproject.org.

Says Kelly, Development Director with Boise Bicycle Project and League Certified Instructor,

"51 certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses is not a small number; with these 50 businesses and the thousands of people who are employed by them all promoting, advocating, and embracing bicycling as a mode of transportation, Boise is well on its way to being one of the best cities for bikes in the nation."

For more information on the League of American Bicyclists and a complete list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Boise and nationwide, visit http://bikeleague.org/business.