Raleigh Community Kickstand

An all-volunteer, non-profit community cycling cooperative.

About


Who We Are

The Raleigh Community Kickstand is an all-volunteer, non-profit community bicycle cooperative project located in Raleigh, NC and established in 2017. We are currently partnering with homeless resource centers in the Raleigh area to repair bicycles and teach maintenance skills. We work with the city, local cycling shops, cycling non-profits, and other organizations and individuals to collect resources and skills to address a need in our community for safe, reliable, self-sufficient transportation. Our motto is simple: fix, teach, give.


Our Mission

We are volunteers who repair bicycles, teach bicycle maintenance, and connect community resources in order to enable access to safe, reliable, self-sufficient transportation to those in need.


We are supported and fiscally sponsored by Oaks & Spokes, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization which fosters the community of people who ride bikes in Raleigh. For more information about Oaks & Spokes, you can visit their website here.

Fix


Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are not allowing any new volunteers at our events. We will not be publishing our upcoming repair events on our website until circumstances change. If you are still interested in getting involved, you can donate or contact us at raleighcommunitykickstand@gmail.com to participate in our Adopt-A-Bike program.


Pop-up bicycle repair workshops

  • Occur the second Saturday of every month.
  • Pop-up bike shop where we provide free repair services and bicycle maintenance training to cyclists who receive services at Oak City Cares.
  • Oak City Cares is a multi-services center serving the homeless and at-risk-of homelessness population of Raleigh. (1430 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603)

Volunteer bicycle repair-a-thons

  • We have repair-a-thon events at various locations several times a year.
  • At these events, volunteers come together to restore donated bicycles to give away to those in need.

Adopt-A-Bike Program

  • Anyone who wants to help repair bikes in their own home on their own schedule can participate in our Adopt-A-Bike program.
  • We will deliver 1-3 donated bikes along with the neccessary parts.
  • Take your time and tinker with them when you can. When you are done, we will place the bikes you repair with people in need.

Give


Donate

On average, we spend just under $4 in parts to get a donated bicycle repaired and back out on the road. If possible, please consider a $5 donation to give the gift of transporation to a member of your community in need.

Many of the riders we support work along busy road ways. We like to provide lights when possible to keep them safe and in compliance with local bike light laws. If possible, please consider making a $10 donation to ensure the safety of cyclists in our community.

Many of our riders stay in homeless shelters or camp in wooded areas around town. Without a safe storage place, bike theft is unfortunately a common occurrence. If possible, please consider making a $15 donation to provide a lock to our riders to ensure they are able to secure their mode of transporation.


Donate your bikes

The Raleigh Community Kickstand could not serve the community without donations of bicycles and other parts. We rebuild your old bicycles and collect spare parts for repairs to make sure everyone in the community has the ability to get where they need to go. We accept fully intact, repairable adult bicycles (24" tires or larger). Our riders traverse a variety of terrains and prefer hybrid bikes or mountain bikes. We also accept components, tools, lights, locks, and pretty much anything else that is bike related.


Donate your time

The Raleigh Community Kickstand is entirely volunteer operated. Without people like you, we would not be able to make these services available. We are always looking for additional volunteers to help repair bikes and manage administrative tasks. There are no prior skills required; we will teach you everything you need to know! Volunteering with RCK is a great way to give back to the community and learn more about bicycle maintenance.


Donate your resources

If you work for an organization or company that has grant funding opportunities or discount programs for charity-based non-profits, please let us know. We are always in need of funding for consumable parts such as tires, tubes, brake pads, etc.

Since we do not presently have a brick and mortar establishment, we are in need of public locations to host pop-up repair events or maintenance workshops. If you operate a space and are interested in hosting a pop-up event for the community, please contact us. Spaces can be indoor or outdoor and should be easily accessible via foot, bicycle, or public transportation. We will provide stands and tools.


If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or getting involved in any capacity, please email us at raleighcommunitykickstand@gmail.com.