This morning we picked up 17 bikes from Jack Miller at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange in Mountain View, California.
What an amazing operation the Bicycle Exchange is! Not only do they fix up donated bikes to give away, but they teach and mentor others in bike repair.
Everyone who works there is a volunteer, and on designated Saturdays, they meet at the Bicycle Exchange. Tents and work stations are set up, tool caddies are rolled out, and volunteers and skilled mechanics come. They gather from 10-3 on Second and Fourth Saturdays.
The refurbished bikes are made available to many local community service organizations.
Bike parts are bought with donations and from the sale of some of the better bikes.
People of all ages, and all mechanical experience, come and work together.
Some of the bikes that were given to the Catholic Worker went to Ramon Gomez and Rudy Lara from the Multicultural Institute. Ramon and Rudy work with day laborers on the Peninsula and in the East Bay. The men and women use the bikes to get to jobs.