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Bikes by the Community, for the Community – with Liz Revord of The ReCyclery

The ReCyclery of Jefferson Co. https://www.ptrecyclery.org/

Nonprofit bike shop dedicated to increasing access to sustainable transportation through repair, education, and empowerment

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The ReCyclery’s Executive Director, Liz Revord recalls always having a bike but never really considering herself a bike rider. It wasn’t until she and her husband began riding together that she grew to love it and began to realize that they needed to learn more in order to be better equipped for their bike-based adventures. Napa, Portland, and lots of coastal exploration later, they found themselves in Port Townsend and she found herself the Marketing and Programs Director for The ReCyclery. “I was hired on in May of 2019 and had six months under my belt before the opportunity to become the ED presented itself and I jumped at that chance.” 

The ReCyclery is a full service bike shop whose staff of five mechanics offers everything from fixing a flat tire to overhauling electric bikes.

Bike being fixed repair

It was started as a for-profit business by two brothers who wanted to open up their own bike shop, and converted to a nonprofit in July  2010.

Thus, The Reyclery also functions as a community hub, offering opportunities for youth and adults to create sustainable transportation for themselves. Programs like their “Earn-a-Bike” enable volunteers and community members to donate 25 hours of their time in the shop, and in turn build a bike from scratch. The ReCyclery focuses on refurbishing bikes, many being donated by the community. The ReCyclery crew salvages parts that we can refurbish and whatever can’t be saved gets recycled. They offer workshops such as a  four-week “Foundations” course which covers basic bike mechanics for beginners, wheel-building classes, and  a “Women Trans Femme” (WTF) course run by women mechanics.

Other programs like their “Community Shop Days” (based on a sliding-scale membership) allows access to a full stand and tools. Members can work on their own bike with the guidance of a skilled mechanic. And if you’re not a member, you can still get access for only $5, for every 2.5 hours of shop time.

Education and empowerment

For Liz and The ReCyclery crew, education is front and center. “I think that it’s really important for people to be able to be self-sufficient, specifically for people who are either in rural areas or traveling by bike and don’t have access to bike shops. What I enjoy most is the opportunity to teach and educate people on sustainable transportation, as well as recreation.”

“If we can teach you how to repair your bike, then we absolutely will. And if it’s something that takes a little bit more skills, and training, then we have our mechanics work on it.

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