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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.

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(This is the kick-off entry of an occasional column by our board member and treasurer on matters related to Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange's bike donations to those in need.)

As we reach the midpoint of the year, it would be useful to take a look at our bike donations for 2022.

At the beginning of 2022, the Board approved a target of 1,000 bicycles donated out this year. This would be the highest total ever for BikeX, and targeted for a year during which a pandemic continues to rage. For reference, we donated out 782 bikes last year, and 845 bikes in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic, so this is a significant increase.

How are we doing towards this year‘s goal? As of 6/30, we‘ve donated 515 bikes. Whew, what a blistering pace! However, I hope everyone is not exhausted yet, as we have to keep up this pace for another six months.

If you‘re looking for opportunities to contribute, we‘ve resumed our pre-pandemic weekend events on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (outdoors and socially distanced) of every month.

If you‘re hesitant about working with others even outdoors, our homework volunteers continue to repair a steady stream of bicycles; you can try taking a bike (and supplies) home to repair at your leisure.

Our Wednesday crew just recently resumed hosting corporate groups for team-building events, supplementing the non-profit groups coordinated by Mary Kelly which have been bike-fixing on numerous weekends, and numerous youth and adults we have volunteering during the week. It truly takes a village.



Our bike recipient partners have been particularly grateful since the start of the pandemic. As you all know, the number of families struggling here in the Valley has skyrocketed, and the situation has only worsened with the recent increase in gas prices. Transportation alternatives such as bicycles have new appeal. In addition to heightened demand from our long-time partners, more social service agencies than ever have reached out to obtain bicycles for their clients. We have also created new partnerships with numerous schools in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to provide bicycles for students.



On behalf of all of our partner agencies, I want to thank everyone for their efforts on repairing bikes and keeping the shop running. Your contributions do not go unnoticed, and every bike repaired is important in working towards our goal for the year.

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