More than a neighborhood bicycle repair shop, the Beatty Bike Co-op is an educational workshop in the East End of Pittsburgh where people can learn how to fix their own bikes. Volunteers staff the co-op each Saturday, providing free maintenance advice and assistance as people work on their bikes. And for neighbors that are in need of a bike of their own, the co-op provides the opportunity to volunteer and build sweat equity to “purchase” a donated bicycle.
“The Beatty Bike Co-op allows me and other volunteers to share our love of bicycle repair with community members. The best part about teaching others is the moment when someone understands how a bicycle component works, and it’s even better when they can happily ride away on a better functioning bike that they repaired.” –Abe Stucky
In addition to the Saturday shop hours, the Beatty Bike Co-op organizes occasional biking related activities. In June 2015 the Co-op hosted a class on basic shifting and braking along with a Lite Up the Night group ride that promoted safe cycling at night. With a $1,000 Seed Award from The Sprout Fund the Beatty Bike Co-op was able to provide the community with a space to learn about bicycle repair while also promoting biking as an affordable, healthy, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
Beatty Street Bicycle Cooperative, a project of Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE), is a “do-it-yourself” educational workshop in a small garage space in Highland Park where residents are given the space to learn about bicycle repair and fix their own bicycles. This bicycle co-op is modeled after Free Ride in Pittsburgh and Chain Reaction in Goshen, Indiana and is intended to serve a hyper-local audience of East Liberty, Garfield, and Highland Park residents, promoting bicycling as an affordable, healthy, and green mode of transportation and educating riders with repair and maintenance skills.