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Volunteer days are back, in a new format! They're the second and fourth Saturdays, on a smaller scale. See our Eventbrite site at bikex.eventbrite.com for details and to RSVP. Grab your spot and join in on the wrenching for good! See the event calendar for more events and volunteer days.

Donate bicycles and parts by appointment. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and details of what you have. We have specific drop-off times on Wednesday and Friday and other times by special arrangement. We'll let you know if we have a need for your items and get you drop-off details.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is a Section 501c(3) non-profit organization.

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Thanks to Our Weekday Warriors

What a year!

Our Wednesday volunteer events took a long hiatus due to the pandemic.

Once we resumed on a smaller scale this summer, we still repaired an amazing number of bikes and shared plenty of smiles and laughs behind masks. 

I'd like to thank the crew who regularly came to our socially-distanced events:

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SVBE and SCBE Events Canceled Until Further Notice Due to COVID-19

Until further notice and effective immediately, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange and Santa Cruz Bicycle Exchange have canceled all events at our facilities.

This suspends public bike repair workdays, drop-in retail sales and donation drop-offs.  Some volunteering continues behind the scenes.  We have teamed up with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to create a new #BikeMatch program, which aims to match unused bikes with recipients.

The event cancellations are necessary to both protect community health and comply with Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County's orders to shelter in place. This follows Governor Gavin Newsom's self-isolation guidance for any resident 65 or older. 

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Coronavirus Impact on the Bicycle Exchange's Activities

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange takes the threat and risks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously. 

We provided an update on Friday, March 6, on restrictions planned for our workdays, starting this Saturday, March 14th, but based on current events, we are changing our plans and guidance. 

While we are dedicated to repairing bikes, teaching repair skills and ensuring those in need have reliable transportation, the overall health of our community is paramount. With this in mind, we have made the following changes:

At the Bicycle Exchange events, starting immediately and until further notice, we are closed to the following:

  1. Volunteer groups from external organizations
  2. Bike repair by volunteers who need instruction or mentorship

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Coronavirus News: Bicycle Exchange Limits Event Size

In light of the health guidance provided March 5th by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to address novel coronavirus, the Bicycle Exchange will limit event size and encourage outdoor work. The guidelines recommend keeping greater than an arm's-length distance from others.

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Watch the Cargo Bike Movie "Motherload," Support the Bicycle Exchange

 

Thanks to the kind folks at Wheel Kids, you can watch the stellar bicycle movie "Motherload" while supporting your favorite bicycle nonprofit, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange!

Wheel Kids is hosting a showing of the cargo bike documentary film at 2pm on March 1, 2020 at Greendell School in Palo Alto. Tickets are just $5, and all proceeds from the showing will go to the Bicycle Exchange to help provide two-wheel transportation to those in need. 

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Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange 2019 Year End Letter

Greetings to the whole family of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange!

It’s been a very productive year at the Bicycle Exchange, thanks to all of the volunteer service groups who joined us this year in addition to the many individual volunteers who come to learn and fix bikes.

2019 by the Numbers

This year, over 1000 volunteers lent their helping hands and collectively put in over 10,000 hours, including those from fifteen great service groups. We’re excited that so many people have come to learn mechanical skills while helping our Bay Area community.

In all, we donated 820 bicycles out to fourteen non-profit charitable organization partners across San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties who then give them to their clients most in need. Our recipient partners are always grateful for the bikes they receive.

Read more: Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange 2019 Year End Letter

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is on Instagram!

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is finally on Instagram! Give us a follow on IG at @bicycle.exchange to stay in touch with all our human-powered good. 

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Through photos and videos on social media, we'll attempt to showcase the hard work of all our volunteers, the generosity of our donors and the refurbished bikes along their journey to those in need.

Read more: The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is on Instagram!