CoMo Bike Co-op
Armory Sports and Recreation Center
701 E Ash St.
CoMo Bike Co-op Contact:
CoMo Bike Co-op:
The CoMo Bike Co-op is a program and classroom facility located in the Armory Sports Center. Columbia Parks and Recreation manages year-round programming. The Bike Co-op opened Sunday, January 7, 2018. Due to funding constraints, the bike co-op will be open limited hours with plans to expand services and hours.
Mission Statement: The CoMo Bike Co-op is committed to increasing transportation independence through bicycle ridership, especially among Columbia’s most underserved individuals.
Free Walk-In Bicycle Repair (enter through the back door of the Armory off Park Ave.)
Hours (closed on holidays and hours are subject to change):
Mondays, 2 pm – 6 pm
Bicycle mechanics and volunteers provide general bicycle maintenance including but not limited to flat/brake repair, cable adjustments, and wheel truing. Repairs are limited to supplies and tools available at the time of the repair. Cyclists are encouraged (not required) to purchase items (i.e. brake pads, tires, tubes) from local retailers prior to arriving at the co-op. The walk-in bike repair program provides an opportunity for hands-on learning. No drop-off service. Assistance is limited to one bicycle per person per session. Per ordinance, all bicycles will be licensed with the Columbia Police Department. As of August 2019, Co-op staff and volunteers have assisted over 500 individuals who cycle out of necessity, and who do so on well-worn bicycles that are cheap, yet priceless.
Bicycle Education Classes
The CoMo Bike Co-op serves as a classroom facility offering community bicycle education and maintenance programs. Check this web page at a later date for a class schedule.
Have a bicycle to donate? We accept donations of adult-sized bicycles at the Armory (use the back entrance off Park Ave.) on Mondays from 2 pm – 6 pm. Due to space limitations, we are unable to accept toddler/adolescent-sized bicycles. Bicycles that can no longer be safely used for the intended purpose will be scrapped for metal/parts (re-purposed for other bicycles) and/or repaired and given to Bike to the Future for distribution. Donated bicycles or parts are used at the discretion of Co-op staff. Bicycles may be used for fundraising to purchase materials and supplies.
Want to donate to keep the CoMo Bike Co-op open? The Bike Co-op gladly accepts monetary and material donations to keep our shop open and staffed. Cash or checks can be dropped off at the Co-op (hours listed above) or to Columbia Parks and Recreation (indicate CoMo Bike Co-op in the memo line), 1 S. 7th St., M- F, 8 am – 5 pm.
In need of a bicycle? Bike to the Future is an inter-denominational volunteer partnership designed to provide free bicycle transportation to adults in need. Bikes are provided to recipients through a voucher provided by Love INC and then given to Bike to the Future after a normal screening of needs is completed. Requests for bicycles should be submitted directly to Love INC. Call 573-256-7622. The CoMo Bike Co-op works in partnership with Bike to the Future by repairing donated bicycles to add to their inventory of bicycles available for distribution.
Commuting Facts…Did You Know?
- People with low incomes commute by biking and walking far more than more affluent Americans. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Citizen Survey)
- Owning and operating a new medium-sized sedan in 2017 will cost a driver an average of $8,171 annually including sales price, depreciation, maintenance, repair and fuel costs. A recent AAA survey found that one-third of U.S. drivers could not afford an unexpected repair bill. (Source: AAA.com)
- Transportation Costs are considered affordable if they are 15% or less of household income.
(Source: Housing + Transportation Affordability Index)
- Bicycling is on the rise across the U.S. Adults are capitalizing on the health and economic benefits of active transportation, while an increasing number of young people are forgoing drivers’ licenses to save money and embrace more walkable, bikeable lifestyles.
(Source: “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity,” 2013 Report, League of American Bicyclists)