We provide students and the wider community with an accessible environment where they can learn to fix bicycles, share resources, and work together. We engage in cycling education, outreach and advocacy to promote biking as a safe and sustainable means of transportation.
Bike shops can be very intimidating spaces, especially for those of us who use the term “thingy-whatsit” when referring to bike parts and tools.
The AMS Bike Co-op and Bike Kitchen are committed to making our space and resources more accessible. We are working towards developing programming that reaches out to new communities and reduces barriers to riding and learning about bike mechanics. Learning how to maintain and fix your own bicycle is empowering because it reduces the cost of riding your bicycle and makes riding more enjoyable!
Check our current Programs and Workshops for more information.
If you have suggestions on how to improve the accessibility of our space or resources please let us know!
The AMS Bike Co-op was founded in the spring of 1998 by a group of very dedicated students. The venture was financially backed by the AMS Innovative Projects Fund, Trek, and other supporters. The original purpose of the co-op was to build a shared fleet of purple and yellow bicycles that could be used by students to reduce the number of car trips on campus. This initiative was hugely successful, and continues to be a foundation of the Co-op’s programming. The Co-op continued to expand its operations after P&Y was well established, gaining a core of dedicated volunteers and becoming a hub for cycling on campus.
The Bike Kitchen
The Bike Kitchen is perhaps the most ambitious program of the Co-op. It is a non-profit community bike shop that was created to provide a space for students and other community members to learn how to use our tools and parts to maintain, repair, and build their own bicycles. The Bike Kitchen also recycles abandoned and donated bikes to provide students with reliable and reasonably priced bicycles. The Bike Kitchen was founded through BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) and managed temporarily through Our Community Bikes. In 1999, the Bike Kitchen was handed over to the Co-op. Since then, the Co-op’s board of directors have been in charge of appointing a manager to oversee the operations of the shop. In practice, the two organizations work side by side to run and develop programming.