PLATINUM2022

BIKE WORKS SEATTLE

aka Bike Works   |   Seattle, WA   |  http://www.bikeworks.org

Mission

Bike Works promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. We strive to spark life-long passions for cycling and the outdoors; provide a supportive community where everyone is empowered to discover their voices, strengths and potential; and be a vehicle through which youth and adults alike can make a hands-on difference refurbishing discarded bicycles – and changing their world. We serve over 2,000 youth and adults annually with bicycle access and education programs including riding and repair classes and camps, bike giveaways, free and sliding scale bike repair, volunteer and employment opportunities, and community events. We prioritize intersectional racial equity at the heart of our work.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ed Ewing

Main address

3715 South Hudson Street Suite 101

Seattle, WA 98118 USA

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EIN

91-1753062

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We acknowledge that the history of systemic and cultural oppression throughout Seattle continues to create barriers that limit access to available resources. Today, health disparities, income inequality, the legacy of colonization, red lining and uneven political power are outcomes of this history, even as they continue to shape decisions and affect policies. These outcomes are unacceptable. We believe we have a responsibility to address them. We wholly commit to taking action to grow as an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization. We acknowledge that oppression takes many forms including racism, sexism, ableism, classism, but that in our country, racism hurts every oppressed community. We have chosen to focus specifically on racial equity as a leverage point to work towards justice for all. We will be explicit about who we are serving, who has a seat at the table, where decisions are made, and how our work is accessible to all people in Seattle.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bicycle Recycle & Reuse Program

Our Bicycle Recycle & Reuse Program provides a means for unwanted bikes to be donated, refurbished by volunteers and program participants, and turned into affordable, carbon-free transportation. We process 8,000 donated bicycles every year, and strip the unusable bikes for parts before sending the remainder to be responsibly recycled through partnerships. We give our volunteers meaningful opportunities to make a tangible difference, while increasing their knowledge of bicycle maintenance and riding. Bike Works brings together diverse groups in a collaborative environment. We divert 250,000 pounds of waste from landfills annually, and provided transportation through bicycle giveaways to those who can't afford to buy one in our community bike shop.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Through bicycle riding and mechanics, we provide opportunities for youth to build self-confidence and transferrable skills, explore the world, give back to their community, and be physically active. Bike Works programs are rooted in the belief that young people thrive when they are valued, value themselves, and feel a sense of belonging. Our youth programs include: 1) Earn-A-Bike (EAB) Programs and Drop-in Community Service Hours; 2) Partnerships with schools and community organizations to reach youth where they are with a focus on BIPOC youth; 3) The Job Skills Training for young people age 15 – 24 with limited resources. Participants are learn hard and soft skills and are encouraged to apply for paid apprenticeships at Bike Works; 4) Bicycle Camps and Clubs allow youth to be active and explore their world by bicycle.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Bike Works’ Community Programs reduce the barriers to bicycling due to cost, lack of knowledge and lack of neighborhood resources. Through these programs, Bike Works serves more than 1,000 people annually and include: 1) Bikes-For-All! bike giveaways, giving youth and adults access to bikes, helmets, lights, and locks who can't afford to buy them ; 2) The BikeMobile, our mobile bike repair shop, visits neighborhoods where people don't have access to bike repair and cycling education services; 3) All-ages community rides, bringing people together to have fun, ride safely, and raise money to support BIPOC-led organizations in our community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Immigrants and migrants
Children and youth

The Bike Works Bicycle Shop is an earned revenue stream for Bike Works, committed to serving Seattle with affordable bicycle sales and professional service in a welcoming, inclusive environment. We’re a full-service repair shop that also sells quality used bikes and a full range of new and used bike parts and accessories. All the profits from the Bike Shop go to support our free- and sliding-scale programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total weight of materials recycled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bicycle Recycle & Reuse Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bike Works processes over 7,000 donated bicycles every year, and strips the unusable bikes for parts before sending the remainder to be responsibly recycled.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adult & Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our adult programming includes bike repair classes, volunteer opportunities, free and sliding scale bikes and repair, and community rides.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through our youth programs, young people receive free bikes, learn bike repair, participate in riding camps, clubs, and events, volunteer, and work as paid youth at Bike Works.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our strategic plan's focus on advancing racial equity in our community is outlined through four main goals:
1) Bike Works Culture: Promote intersectional equity by cultivating a culture at Bike Works of transparency, curiosity, innovation, learning, community, and abundance;
2) Community Engagement: Actively engage neighbors and partner organizations to share our resources and build stronger communities;
3) Job Access: Offer progressive opportunities within the bicycle industry to increase job access for people who come from historically marginalized communities (BIPOC, women/trans*/non-binary, LGBTQ, people with disabilities);
4) Bike Works Space: Examine our space and facility needs through a racial equity lens so we can better serve the community.

To implement our Strategic Plan, we created three cross-departmental staff committees to collaboratively work on making this plan a reality. 100% of staff participate in one of the three committees: Culture, Structure, and Equity. The goals of our strategic plan have been divided amongst the three committees, which meet regularly and report back to the staff and board as they advance in their work. Examples of committee projects include reviewing and re-designing employee pay and benefits to ensure that everyone is making a living wage; regular all-ages riding opportunities to build relationships with community members; staff trainings to advance our abilities to cultivate a truly inclusive, equitable environment.

Bike Works is led by a diverse 15-member board and 20-member staff who represent the communities we serve (majority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; South Seattle residents; cyclists; program alumni.) Our lived and professional experience, along with our awareness that we all have more to learn, inform our strategic plan implementation will happen intentionally and with our community's needs in mind.

One year into our strategic plan, we have made the following progress:

1) Internal Culture
-Replaced our Leadership Team with cross-departmental staff committees to lead strategic plan implementation;
Increased our lowest compensation to ensure that all staff earn a living wage.
-Increased the annual number of sick and self-care days from 10 to 30 so that staff, especially folks with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or at risk of burnout can take care of themselves.
-Closed the bike shop one day a week to give shop staff capacity for full participation in our organization.
-Implemented regular equity-focused all-staff meetings, caucusing, and trainings to build an equitable, inclusive community.
-Shifted the balance of our leadership, staff, and board from majority white to majority BIPOC, better reflecting the communities we serve.

2) Community Engagement
-Added more all-ages group cycling opportunities, free or sliding scale registration, and partnerships with other groups.
-We raised nearly $6,000 for other BIPOC-led, youth-serving organizations this year.
-Surveyed our community to better evaluate our progress towards becoming anti-racist and inclusive.
-Supported affinity groups such as ABC (a bicycling club for Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders), Northstar Cycling (for BIPOC cyclists), Breakfast Racing (for women, transgender, and non-binary racers), and Refuge Outdoor Festival (centering BIPOC community in the outdoors) with bikes, gear, expertise, and funds.

3) Job Access
-Offered BIPOC-focused youth programs through partnerships with Franklin High School, Sweetlines, Rainier Beach High School, Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School, Young Women Empowered, and SPIN Girls, among others.
-Expanded our paid apprenticeships to include every department in our organization, offering a range of experience from bike mechanics to communications and fundraising.

4) Space
-Began working with Build, LLC to redesign our shop’s backyard into a community gathering space.
-Created a youth-directed lounge area for social and down time before, after, and during programs.
-Embedded some youth programs in schools and other community spaces, making our programming more accessible to youth and creating room for other programming in our classrooms.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BIKE WORKS SEATTLE

Board of directors
as of 10/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marcos Franco

Dave Farrell

Bank of America

Matt Hendel

Microsoft

Patrick McQueen

PCL Construction

Ed Yoshida

Retired from the Gates Foundation

Jeanne Fellin

Boeing

Cathy Blackburn

University of Washington

Ivory Brooks

Rainier Beach High School

Claire Law

Amazon

Rayburn Lewis, MD

Retired from Swedish Medical Center

Sydney Miller-McGraw

Bicycle Transportation Consultant

Chevon Powell

Golden Bricks Events

Khaleelah Rahssan

Evergreen High School

Justin Resnick

Washington State Ferries

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data