Bike!Bike! 2015

You are all invited to Guadalajara, México for Bike!Bike! 2015: An international reunion meant to be a swap-meet for experiences and ideas about community bike projects from collectives that use the bicycle as an excuse to change society, economy and the environment. Non-profit groups that have a community bike shops, cooperatives and other projects that promote the use of the bicycle and that come together to turn their communities into a place where riding is easier, more inclusive, safer and more fun.

The idea is to have a space to see each other face to face and share the experiences we have collected while developing our projects, so that we can build knowledge for all cycling communities, this will make us stronger as a whole and might plant seeds for new projects in other places. It is also an excuse to surround ourselves and build connections with like-minded people that share our passions.

You don't have to be an expert or belong to a huge group, you just need to be willing to share what you know about organization, mechanics, social impact, inequality alternatives, better access to bicycles or knowledge and social issues in your community or city.

We will be thrilled to see you in Guadalajara, México on october 1-4.

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Proposed Workshops

Would you like to facilitate your own workshop? Simply register and visit the workshops page. If you have already registered you can access the page by restarting the registration process.

  • Apprentices Everywhere! - How to Successfully Coordinate an Apprenticeship Program that is Accessible to Everyone

    11 people are interested in this workshop

    Two years ago, I came to the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective with very little knowledge of bike mechanics. Shortly after I started volunteering I saw that there was an application for a free apprenticeship at the shop. After four months of hands-on learning working directly with a skilled mechanic, I was hired on as an open-shop manager with enough skills and familiarity to be able to help community members fix most of their bike problems.

    As the apprenticeship program has evolved, we have found that although it worked out, this model created an unsustainable financial strain on the collective. Furthermore, there were many other applicants who had to be turned away from our resources.

    We have been working to develop a more integrated and accessible apprenticeship program for anybody who wants a comprehensive education in bike mechanics ever since. We have established a model that accommodates up to twenty self-motivated apprentices at a time. In this workshop, we will share the challenges and successes of our program and open up for questions and a discussion afterwards.

  • Bike Craft

    8 people are interested in this workshop

    Make a stamp with your collective's logo on it. If there's too many people and not enough tools, you can also play a board game I made up. The goal of the board game is to run a bike collective by allocating your volunteers and $$$ efficiently. It's pretty silly, but hopefully fun!

  • BIKEART: Stencil Sobre Materiales Reutilizables

    14 people are interested in this workshop

    Colectivo multidisciplinario organizado a manera de agencia creativa, desarrollamos redes y colectividad ciclista enfocada en el arte en todas sus interpretaciones, la sustentabilidad, la reutilización de materiales, la recuperación de espacios y la producción autogestiva, esto con la bicicleta como herramienta y agente de cambio y de impacto positivo en la sociedad.

  • bikebikeZINEZINE!

    6 people are interested in this workshop

    We're launching bikebikeZINEZINE! A web-based, de-centralized, co-operative communications tool, bbZZ is going to ​let us broadcast news from our home bases to cities and bike projects around the world. bbZZ will help us strengthen our community ties, make our work more accessible to the outside world, and help keep all of us motivated and invigorated -- all without being a drain on any particular group's resources. It's going to be a collective effort, with YOU generating the stories and steering the ship.

    In this workshop we're going to master what we need to know to be the writers, editors, aggregators, designers, and social media pit fighters who will get bbZZ rolling. In an expert crash course we'll learn how to write for the web to generate mass appeal and maximum excitement, how to engage with shops/collectives over distance, how to post to the bikebikeZINEZINE site, how to collaborate over distance, and more. We’ll also talk about what we need to make this get going and stay going.

  • Changing Demographics, Keeping your Mission

    4 people are interested in this workshop

    A discussion exploring strategies and outcomes when your neighborhood changes around you. How does a shop stay true to their mission when gentrification encroaches? What happens when the target population moves? Tell your story and share your ideas!

  • Community Cycling Organizations and Bicycle Infrastructure Advocacy

    7 people are interested in this workshop

    The lesson of the Netherlands in the 1970s is that mass activism can bring better cycling infrastructure, and better cycling infrastructure promotes more cycling. Today, cities around the world are grappling with unprecedented population density and automotive traffic, and looking to cycling as a solution. However, this is often contentious and even politicized, and there is a clear need for advocacy to demonstrate public support.

    This workshop will begin with a discussion of our experiences in recent political battles over cycling infrastructure in Vancouver. We will then invite participants from other cities to share their experiences. Finally, we will engage in a detailed and practical discussion of the roles community cycling organizations can and should play in advocating for better infrastructure.

    A Spanish-English translator will be present to facilitate bilingual discussion.

  • Conflict Resolution - Diversity, Safer Space, and Individuals trying to volunteer

    15 people are interested in this workshop

    We're doing a pretty radical experiment in collective management. Things won't always work out perfectly. In fact, I've noticed that as we try to grow and ensure diversity in our organizations, miscommunication seems inevitable. What happens when someone's idea of a safe space is in conflict with someone else's. Let's talk about this.

    Please note, I do not have the solution for this issue. It's something I've been noticing and I'd like to have a group discussion about it. I do have a few tips which I have just learned this summer.

  • Construcción de un taller de bicis comunitario.

    7 people are interested in this workshop

    Charla-presentación y llamado a la solidaridad para la construcción de un taller comunitario en el centro social ocupado Casa Naranja ubicado en Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico. Y stand de venta de artículos para recaudación de fondos.

  • Cycling and Sustainability on the College Campus

    12 people are interested in this workshop

    In this forum we will discuss the politics, mechanics and social aspects of cycling and sustainability initiatives taken on college campuses. The forum will be led by Sandy Glickman and Karl Kiser, co-managers of the Green Bike Program at Pitzer College. They will look at the topic of cycling and sustainability from a mechanical and social view. John Kalapos, an Environmental Analysis and Politics major, will speak on the initiatives and policies of other campuses and cities.

  • Cycling(x2)

    10 people are interested in this workshop

    Welcome to the world of bicycles and periods. The average bleeding person will spend $4000 USD and create 300 pounds of waste on disposable pads and tampons over a lifetime. Sustainable Cycles is a movement based on bicycles and menstrual cycles. We cycle thousands of miles to the biennial Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference and hold workshops about the reusable alternatives like cloth pads, sea sponges, and menstrual cups. Join the discussion on embodied activism and bicycle feminism!

  • Experiencias de un taller comunitario en Guadalajara - Experiences on a community workshop in Guadalajara

    3 people are interested in this workshop

    Hablaremos sobre el surgimiento de nuestro taller, cómo trabajamos, los proyectos actuales y futuros, las experiencias y dificultades de organizar y gestionar un taller comunitario en Guadalajara, México.

    We will talk about how we built up our workshop, the way we work, the current and future projects, the experiences and difficulties on organizing and managing a comunity workshop on a mexican city like Guadalajara, Mexico.

  • Fix-a-bike

    13 people are interested in this workshop

    Fix up an old bike and ride it around town for the rest of the conference. The local co op will sell it after you leave. Way to support the shop!

  • Folks and Spokes: An open conversation about volunteer management : Una conversación abierta sobre el manejo de voluntarios.

    6 people are interested in this workshop

    This is a place to share “best practices”, methods that work well at your bike co-op. How do you attract volunteers or members to the co-op? What’s your training strategy, and how do you keep folks around after training? How do you actively encourage a gender (and otherwise) diverse environment? Let’s discuss our “magic bullet” moments and learning experiences.

    Este taller es una oportunidad para compartir los mejores métodos para manejar voluntarios y miembros en sus cooperativas. ¿Como hace para offrir entrenamiento, y asegurar que la gente vuele después del entrenamiento? ¿Como hace para fomentar un grupo de voluntarios o miembros diversos, en términos de genero o de otras maneras? Vamos a hablar sobre las fórmulas mágicas y también las lecciones aprendidas.

    Je parle un peu de français et si vous voulez on pouvons parler du ce genre du chose en français aussi. Ce atelier c’est pour parler sur la gestion des bénévoles o membres de la coopérative. Comment faire pour attirer les bénévoles o membres à la coopérative? Comment faire pour entraîner les gens, et les retenir après l'entrainement? Comment faire pour promouvoir la diversité? Nous allons parler de balles magiques et les leçons apprises.

  • Gender & Mobility: strengthen the international network

    4 people are interested in this workshop

    Is an open forum where we will take the chance to share what are the current challenges in regards of gender and mobility in each community. What are the most effective strategies and approaches? We will discuss the challenges and opportunities that we have as a woman in order to strengthen the international network. The goal is to generate new ways for exchanging experiences and having a supportive community for upcoming encounters.

  • Getting in the Saddle: Strategies for Teaching Adults to Ride

    5 people are interested in this workshop

    Many grown ups have missed out on riding a bike! Maybe they had a scary experience as a kid, were never permitted to learn, or perhaps they haven't had prior access to a bicycle. Learning to ride a bike can prove to be more challenging as we age. Our bodies are less limber, and we tend to have more at stake should we get injured. Over the past few years at the Wrench, we have had the opportunity to teach many teens and adults to ride. We have been experimenting with our methods, with a lot of laughing and the occasional small crash. This will be an interactive discussion, where we will share and practice techniques for teaching adults to learn to ride bikes, and haul children and groceries.

  • Including kids

    2 people are interested in this workshop

    Let's talk about teaching kids, starting new youth programming in a busy shop, and how to safely include (or not) the young people who stop by. I've worked with children a little, and am all about them in theory if still feel a bit unsure about them in practice. This will be an open, facilitated discussion, I'm adding this because I want to know what you know.

  • Lógica y sentido común en la movilidad

    2 people are interested in this workshop

    Hablaremos de la lógica y el sentido común de la movilidad urbana pasando desde los peatones a los ciclistas y los automovilistas, plantearemos los problemas que enfrentamos los ciclistas para ser aceptados como parte del transporte de la ciudad afrontándolos desde un punto de vista histórico, psicológico y social. Al final se plantearan soluciones para estos problemas y se invitara a los participantes a unirse a próximas practicas en la ciudad.

  • Mapeo colaborativo para mejorar la movilidad ciclista

    One person is interested in this workshop

    Con el fin de familiarizar el público con el mapeo participativo, la formación de una comunidad que aporte datos sobre su movilidad no motorizada y sobre la infraestructura de su ciudad, proponemos una actividad de mapeo con la plataforma abierta RepuBikla es una herramienta en proceso de desarrollo para la creación y la centralización de datos. Por medio del mapeo libre, se alimenta paulatinamente una base de datos nacional que puedan servir para la promoción de programas políticos y de infraestructura a favor del peatón y del ciclista. Una serie de mapas dinámicos integra instantáneamente los datos mapeados, como en los siguientes ejemplos:

    El objetivo de la plataforma es complementar una información oficial insuficiente y darle un enfoque ciudadano. El resultado es un diagnóstico sobre el volumen y la diversidad de los desplazamientos ciclistas, la intermodalidad, la movilidad en grupo, la infraestructura, la siniestralidad vial y la inseguridad en el espacio público.

  • Mecánica de bicicletas , de la plática a la práctica.

    2 people are interested in this workshop

    El "Curso de Mecánica" consiste en, realizar diagramas de flujo, plantear solución de conflictos, crear dinámicas, organizar, elaborar materiales y herramientas, etc.. Y proponer prácticas que sirvan para el fortalecimiento de un espacio comunitario.

    En el transcurso del Taller Desarrollaremos herramientas que nos lleven a dinamizar un taller mecánico comunitario. A través de la charla se llevaran experiencias que nos facilite la realización de un servicio mecánico completo para una bicicleta.

    El taller es el resultado de la experiencia adquirida, en la planeación de actividades y realización de encuentros, capacitación mecánica, difusión y coordinación de Casa biciteka, un espacio comunitario que se mueve principalmente en cuatro ejes:
    -Apoyo a la comunidad ciclista, tenemos un espacio en el cual se da alojamiento a cícloturistas. Difusión del uso de la bicicleta a través de diferente tipos de manifestaciones, como pueden ser presentaciones artísticas, intervenciones sonoras y visuales, teatrales, proyección de biciporno, fiestas tradicionales(día de muertos), consumo lúdico sustancias..., apoyo a cursos de verano para niños, etc.
    -Promover autonomía e independencia a través del uso de un taller con herramienta comunitaria y refacciones de reuso,
    -Auto gestión y financiamiento, se logra dando talleres de mecánica(clínicas) con costo y trabajo mecánico, esto nos permite mantener los costos del espacio y gastos diarios de las personas que atienden el espacio.
    -Identificar y ejercer derechos de usuarios del espacio público impartiendo talleres de ciclismo urbano.Motivando a los niños del barrio a reparar sus cletas. Y apoyando en la puesta de bicis blancas.
    Esta dirigido a todas las personas que usen la bicicleta como forma de transporte, trabajo, recreativa y que tengan conocimientos de Mecánica.

  • Mecánica Práctica Y Otros Trucos Del Camino

    19 people are interested in this workshop

    Se compartirán conocimientos prácticos de mecánica que involucran solucionar problemas comunes ante la falta de herramienta o refacciones.

  • Most vital - Non-Bike - tools for any bike collective

    8 people are interested in this workshop

    A top 10 list of the most important non-bike tools needed to run a bike collective. Tools like a laminator and the internet. This workshop aims to stress the importance of certain tools, as well as give advise on how to appreciate your Admins and how to encourage non-bikey people to make significant contributions to your collective.

    There will also be a spread sheet of all the bike related tools a shop needs. We will have time to edit that list and add it to the bike collective wiki.

  • Organizing ourselves online: and

    7 people are interested in this workshop

    What is happening with our sites? How can we get more volunteers to help out? How can you help out?

    History and planned development

    We will go over some of the history of how we got to this point and plans we have to integrate with We will also be asking how we can get more people involved in the development process and what types of tasks are available, particularly for non-developers.


    We take a bit of your personal information when you register. Who can see it and how else might it be used?

    General feedback

    What did you like about this year's registration process? What did you not like? Did you find any issues that prevented you from completing registration or anything that was confusing?

    Feature requests

    In the second half we will discuss ideas for new features that we can develop over the next year. We will try to decide together what features are wanted most and which ones we should avoid altogether. Here is a list of feature we have discussed, you will be able to add your own suggestions during the workshop:

    • Translation in French and other languages
    • Better support for older browsers
    • Option to add your organization information
    • Option to enter bid details for your organization to host B!B! prior to B!B!
    • Ride share planning tools
    • Photo sharing tools

    Getting involved

    There are a number of roles that could potentially be filled. Are you interested? Do you have ideas on how to get others involved?

    • Developers
    • Designer
    • Copywriter
    • Translators
    • Server administrator
    • Testers / Feedback on new features
  • Primeros auxilios. De ciclistas, para ciclistas

    5 people are interested in this workshop

    Todos estamos expuestos a accidentes, en especial los ciclistas..
    Andando en la calle o en carretera, algún amigo o nosotros podemos sufrir algún accidente, por eso es importante conocer cómo podemos salir bien librados de un accidente, o quizá hasta salvar nuestra vida.

  • Recycled Fundraisers! Turn your bike parts into works of art. Stories from Tucson’s BICAS Annual Art Auction.

    8 people are interested in this workshop

    For the past 20 years, BICAS in Tucson, Arizona has been hosting an Annual Art Auction fundraiser to raise money for our programs. Learn about the evolution from a small pot-luck art show to a huge community fundraising event. We will talk about how we plan this yearly event and show many examples of Bicycle Art to inspire creativity.

  • Reflexion personal- una reflexion un su viaje como activista

    4 people are interested in this workshop

    En este taller vamos a usar unas técnicas para reflexionar sobre por qué estamos aquí- cuales son los contextos sociales que nos han llevado a empezar cooperativos y juntar con otra gente. Va a ser muy participativo con tiempo para compartir y también juegos para clarar la mente a acercarnos un poco más.

  • Social Enterprise - an alternative model of funding

    Two community bike shops in Vancouver, Canada have been functioning as social enterprises for years. This means that we manage profitable businesses in the form of full service bike shops (which are also DIY spaces) to fund the outreach and programming of our Organizations. We will share an inside look at the histories, organizational structures, benefits and challenges of running a social enterprises.

  • Spread the bike love around; Seeding new school & community bike projects

    4 people are interested in this workshop

    Have more shop patrons than you know what to do with? Hordes of children banging down the door every week? Just send em all to another shop!
    Winnipeg has had great success in seeding a variety of bike repair programs and shops in schools and community centres, which not only spreads around the demand for our services but is also normalizing bike repair for a new generation of school aged cyclists. Come learn how we've spawned 8 community bike shops and 30 school bike repair programs in our frozen shithole of a town. We'd love to discuss your shops' (mis)adventures in developing other bike repair projects in your area.

  • Stories from Bici Centro: Successes and Failures Reaching out to Spanish Speaking Communities

    6 people are interested in this workshop

    We will be sharing our process of engaging Spanish Speaking Communities in Santa Barbara, with some anecdotal support for its strengths and weaknesses. Then we will have an open discussion with attendees where they can tell their stories about outreach.

  • Strategic Planning for Strategic Plans

    8 people are interested in this workshop

    Feeling over burdened, burnt out or out of focus? Does your organization struggle with mission creep or internal conflict on how to direct resources? A strategic plan can help with all of these things. In this workshop we'll go over options on how to complete a strategic plan, what steps to follow and how to use the plan to help guide your organization.

  • What time is it...Tool Time (a glance at time management)

    5 people are interested in this workshop

    First, stories and personal experiences about my 3 months volunteering here at Rila Libre in Guadalajara and the last two years at my shop Bici Centro in Santa Barbara. A look at how each shop manages their time in different contexts. What works? What is fulfilling? What is important? What's sustaining? What needs attention?
    Lastly, a discussion about how your co-op manages time,resources, and people.

  • Women and Trans* Programming: Working Models of Community Collaboration

    3 people are interested in this workshop

    Learn and share how to create safer spaces, create allies, build community partnerships, and influence bike shop culture. Using Grease Rag Ride & Wrench, based in Minneapolis, MN as a starting point, we will share examples of how to start and sustain Women and Trans* programming including free open shop nights, group rides, races, educational seminars, social events, and gender awareness trainings for local bike shop staff. There will be time to exchange materials for trainings and examples of safer spaces policies in English and Spanish. Come to learn and share your own experiences, examples, and resources for programming in your community! Everyone is welcome at this Workshop.

  • Work-Trade & Community Service Programs: How to Organize Your Space While Selling Bikes for No Money

    6 people are interested in this workshop

    Back by popular demand! Learn how BICAS in Tucson, Arizona manages our programs for earning shop credit (towards bikes & parts) and offering community service opportunities for youth and adults.

    These programs not only allow our no/low income customers gain access to a bikes and let youth have somewhere positive to complete court-ordered community service , but also mutually benefits the BICAS Collective by helping us clean, organize, and complete special projects.

    We will share our forms, process, & stories and provide a long open Q & A session.