5W Wednesday: Common Cycle

Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.

What is Common Cycle?
Common Cycle is a community-based organization that is helping keep our community healthy by providing access to bicycle education, workspace, tools, and resources to empower Ann Arbor residents to ride bicycles.

Who is behind Common Cycle?
Common Cycle consists of a group of volunteers who are passionate about bicycling and eager to help others get on the road with their bicycles to share in that passion. You can view profiles of their featured volunteers here.

When did Common Cycle begin?
Common Cycle started in February 2010.

Why was Common Cycle started?
According to their website, Common Cycle was started because, “We want to help people ride their bikes more by teaching them how to keep their bikes happy. Happy bikes -> happy people -> happy community.”

Currently, Common Cycle operates a Mobile Repair Stand. Volunteers use their bikes to pull trailers full of tools, parts, and tents, and are able to set up the Mobile Repair Stand virtually anywhere. In spring 2010 alone, they helped fix over 400 bikes, and provided instruction on how to adjust brakes, rune derailleurs, and true wheels.

Common Cycle’s long-term goal is to develop a shared workspace in downtown Ann Arbor – a place with tools, stands, and knowledge where people could work on their bikes with others. They envision having teaching classes and creating a bike-sharing program as well as a “build-a-bike” program for kids.

Where can you find the Mobile Repair Stand?
You can find Common Cycle at the Kerrytown Artisan Market on Sundays this Summer and Fall (through October 9) from 11:00am-3:00pm. They’ll be bringing their tools, fixing bikes, and “trying to teach a thing or two.” If you’re interested in helping support Common Cycle, you can sign up to volunteer here.

Contact Information:
website: www.commoncycle.org
email: info@commoncycle.org
postal mail: Common Cycle / 2060 Champagne Drive / Ann Arbor, MI 48108
twitter: @common_cycle

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