CoMo Bike Co-op
Armory Sports and Recreation Center
701 E Ash St.
CoMo Bike Co-op Contact:
CoMo Bike Co-op Description:
The CoMo Bike Co-op is a program and classroom facility located in the Armory Sports Center. Columbia Parks and Recreation, in partnership with GetAbout Columbia, will manage year-round programming. The Bike Co-op opened Sunday, January 7, 2018. Initially, the bike co-op will be open limited hours with future plans to expand services and hours.
How it Works:
The community donates bicycles. Earn-a-Bike participants and volunteers refurbish the bicycles in exchange for ownership or use by underserved community members (ages 13 – 18). Additionally, staff and volunteers are available to assist with select bike repairs during days/times listed below.
Earn-a-Bike (for youth ages 13-18)
2018 Fall Session: September 10 – October 22, 2018 (We are no longer taking applications for this session. Winter 2019 applications will be available in January)
Earn-a-Bike is a free learning and earning bicycle program with the goal of fostering independence in and provision of basic employment and bike mechanic skills. Participants are required to attend a series of hands-on sessions (a total of 20 hours) where they will learn bike maintenance skills in a professional environment. Program leaders will also teach students how to safely ride and navigate streets and trails. Group learning will include opportunities for community service projects, such as trail/bike lane maintenance and assistance with mobile “pop-up” bike shops. Upon successful completion of all sessions, participants will receive a refurbished bicycle, helmet, light and a lock.
Have a bicycle to donate? We accept donations of adult-sized bicycles at the Amory (use the back entrance) on Mondays from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Due to space limitations, we are unable to accept toddler/adolescent-sized bicycles for donations.
Free Walk-In Bicycle Repair (enter through the back door of the Armory)
Hours (closed on holidays and hours are subject to change):
First Sunday of each month, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Mondays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Bike mechanics are available to assist with select bike repairs during days/times listed above. This program is about hands-on learning and teaching cyclists how to maintain equipment. 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.
Bicycle Education Classes
The CoMo Bike Co-op serves as a classroom facility for free, community bicycle education and maintenance programs. See the full class schedule in Leisure Times (pages 36-37) Register for classes by calling (573) 874-7460.
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)