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Transportation Advocacy Day: Tell Olympia Washington Bikes!

6 Feb

Sharing Wheels is happy to support our state wide advocacy organization, Washington Bikes, and make Washington a better place for cycling.

One very important bill making its way through is HB 6227, puts some teeth into the distracted drivers bill of 2010. You can find out more about this bill at http://wabikes.org/2014/01/23/wabikes-in-olympia-sb-6227-strengthening-washingtons-distracted-driving-law/

With transportation project cost overruns looming, increasing uncertainty about how to fix our bridges and roads, and a growing need to invest in biking and walking statewide, the state legislature needs to hear from YOU.
Join us for Transportation Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 27 to tell Olympia Washington Bikes.
This is your chance to let your elected representatives know that Washingtonians want priorities that:

·      Support balanced revenue solutions to support transit, local governments, and more biking and walking
·      Fix our crumbling infrastructure for real
·      Create healthier communities through transportation investments that foster active and safe cities and towns statewide

The day-long event in Olympia connects you with others who share your transportation priorities for better biking. Be a part of the solution and serve as a citizen lobbyist for the day.

After all, if you won’t do it, who will?

Sign-up today: http://wabikes.org/transportation-advocacy-day/.  Lunch is provided and carpools are available.

Christmas House is Awesome….

13 Nov

and Sharing Wheels needs your help to fix up bikes for low income kids. For over 10 years Sharing Wheels has been giving bikes to Christmas House and this year will be no exception. We have 90 bikes to get ready and will be having work parties in November and December to make that happen.

Christmas House is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization in Everett, Washington that provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children age infant – 18 yrs old. Many people contribute to the success of Christmas House – including Sharing Wheels volunteers.  Christmas House helps put bright smiles on the faces of over 10,000 children in Snohomish County on Christmas morning.

Mechanic Classes for Winter and Spring

8 Jan

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 Basic Bike Mechanics

This is the perfect class for those wanting to learn how to keep their bicycle on the road. Classes cover:

  • Basic bike care
  • Flat tire repair
  • Brake adjustment and pad replacement
  • Derailleur shifting and adjustments

Bring your own bike or use one of ours, all tools are provided. $35 must be prepaid to secure spot in class.  3 1/2 hour class. Call or come by to register.

Dates:
               January 30, 2013 6:00pm to 9:30pm (Wednesday Evening)
                               Or
               February 20, 2013 6:00pm to 9:30pm (Wednesday Evening)
                               Or
               March 27, 2013 6:00pm to 9:30pm (Wednesday Evening)                                                                        
 
 

Advanced Bike Mechanics

This class is for those wanting to get into the heart and soul of their bike. Learn the parts of the bike and how to evaluate its’ condition. Learn about the bearing systems and how to overhaul them. Demystify the cable systems and get your bike running smoothly. Bring your own bike or use one of ours, all tools are provided. $95 must be prepaid to secure a spot in class. Class is limited to 4 students so sign up early. This is a 12 hour class. Call or come by to register.

Dates:

March 2, and 3, 2013 10:00am to 4:00pm (Saturday and Sunday) Bring your own lunch

                        Or

            April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2013 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Wednesday Evenings)

           Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop

“connecting unused bikes to people who need wheels”

2531 Broadway
Everett
WA 98201
425-252-6952
Sharingwheels@gmail.com
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Christmas House Bikes

6 Dec

Christmas House Bikes
Every year it is hard for me to think about Christmas. It can be a very stressful time with family expectations and demands placed on me all while the days are getting darker. Once we start delivering bikes to Christmas House here in Everett I start feeling better about the holiday.
Christmas House serves around 3,000 families in less than 3 weeks. That translates into around 10,000 children.
The stress for a single parent to make the holiday special for their children is much more significant than my stress over what I am going to get for my grown brother.
Today we delivered another 29 bikes to Christmas House and will do one more delivery next week.
We are a very small part of Christmas House but hopefully a big part of at least one child’s christmas hope.

Aside 29 Nov

There was an amazing article written in the Everett Herald newspaper all about ways to help around the holidays, and what do you know, we were in it! Come check us out and discover new ways to help out during the holidays. We sent a bunch of bikes to Christmas House and we are hoping to send 50-60 more! Help here is very appreciated and we love all of our amazing volunteers. http://heraldnet.com/article/20121118/NEWS01/711189989/0/SEARCH Image

Holiday Hours Reduced

14 Nov

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Sharing Wheels will close early, at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will be closed all day on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Sharing Wheels will also be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

Summer at the Shop

17 Jul

We’ve had some great new volunteers at the shop these past few months as people helped us prepare for the Kids Bike Swaps in June and July.

Bikes for kids are a good cause to support, and perhaps people are not as intimidated about working on kids bikes. They sound easy, but in truth kids bikes can take lots of time due to hard wear and cheap parts.

For the rest of the summer we’ll take a break from kids bikes* . Volunteers are still needed, however. We fix adult bikes year-round to get them back on the road at a reasonable price  – and to pay the rent.

A basic principle of Sharing Wheels is that bikes are for everyone. So is our shop. Stop in during shop hours to turn a wrench, help with “paperwork” (might be on our computer), pet Tango or assist with housekeeping, literal or figurative. There’s always something to do and people who love bikes of all types at Sharing Wheels.

*See you in the fall when we get bikes ready for Christmas House.

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