The world on you depends…

A volunteer experience shared by Fred Kahler:

“The world on you depends” is a line from one of my favorite Doors songs, Riders on the Storm. But, looking back on my volunteer experiences, I think it applies.  Often, it’s easy to think that one person can’t make a difference.  But, when you dive in and get your hands dirty, you can see the impact you can make.  For example, my experience last night [5/28/14] at the youth open shop.  One of the kids came in with five dollars hoping to buy a bike.  He wanted to volunteer, so we worked with him on getting a bike. Not a great bike, but a bike.  By the time we worked on it with him, and with his help around the shop, he was mobile by the end of the shop night.  He will be back for more upgrades in the future, but working together on that $5.00 bike, you would have thought that Christmas came early.  He was so excited to see that the repair was going to happen that night, he was engaged and wanted to help the whole time.  That was personally very gratifying to me.  One volunteer in one organization making a small impact that could change a life or even grow from there as word spreads.”

-Fred Kahler, Youth Open Shop Volunteer and UBP Volunteer Coordinator

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Wilmington Grand Prix 2014 – Youth Race Pictures!

We had a great time at the Wilmington Grand Prix on Saturday 5/17/2014. Urban Bike Project has contributed to this event’s success since it’s inaugural year (2007) providing valet bike parking and bikes for the youth races. See you next year!

WGP Youth Race Picture

Youth racing at the Wilmington Grand Prix. Urban Bike Project provided bicycles enabling children who did not have one to participate. Photo credit: Frank Tirrell

WGP Youth Race Picture

Youth racing at the Wilmington Grand Prix. Urban Bike Project provided bicycles enabling children who did not have one to participate. Photo credit: Frank Tirrell

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Posted in Events, UBP Updates

UBP Rides in Tour de Cure

Urban Bike Project volunteers, staff and board members joined forces with Wilmington City Council to support diabetes research through this year’s Tour de Cure. Our team rode a combined 150 miles in Saturday’s ride. Thank you so much to Wilmington City Council for sponsoring our team!

UBP Tour de Cure

From left to right, Mary Anttila, Tina Siddall, Andrew Eliot, Anne Yoncha and Laura Wilburn at the start of the ride.

Posted in Events

Registration Now Open for Spring Mechanics Classes!

Dates are set for our spring mechanics classes! Whether you have never held a wrench before, are interested in being better prepared for mid-ride breakdowns, or are an amateur mechanic interested in expanding your skills, our fun, hands-on mechanics classes can fit your needs. Classes are open to anyone who is interested, and cost $50 for 8 hours of instruction. Choose between two different series, the Monday series or the Saturday series:

Monday series: Mondays, 7-9 pm on April 14, April 21, April 28 and May 5

Saturday series: Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm on May 31 and June 7

To sign up, please e-mail urbanbikeproject@gmail.com with the series that you would like to attend. Come to the first day of class prepared with clothes that can get a bit greasy and your $50 fee (cash or check only, please).

Posted in Repair Classes

Volunteer Orientation

We will be holding a volunteer orientation on Monday, March 10 at 6:30PM, rescheduled from March 3.

Volunteer orientation is held on the first Monday of each month at 6:30PM so come on down if you are interested in volunteering!

1500 North Walnut Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Posted in Volunteer Opportunities

UBP closed due to inclement weather – Thursday February 13

Our open shop program will be closed tonight due to the weather and amount of snow on the streets and sidewalks. Sorry for any inconvenience. We will be open again this coming Tuesday.

SNOWWWWWWW!

SNOWWWWWWW!

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Photos from UBP’s Grand Reopening Event

Our Grand Reopening Event was a huge success! We raised about $2,700 in addition to a generous donation from Dogfish Head. Thank you to all our sponsors, board members, and everyone who came out in the cold, wet, weather! Our fantastic sponsors and event supporters were: Brandywine Cyclery, Chelsea Tavern, Dogfish Head, Dischler Photography, Dover International Speedway, Firefly Festival, Garrison’s Cyclery, Gore Bike Wear, O.K. Video, The Bike Boutique, and Wooden Wheels. We couldn’t have done it without you!

City Council member Darius Brown

Third District City Council member Darius Brown

Board members Leah and Shannon (front) and volunteers Joe and Shawn (back)
Board members Leah and Shannon (front) and volunteers Joe and Shawn (back)

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ALERT! Open Shop – Tuesday, January 21 is CLOSED due to inclement weather

Our Open Shop program will be closed tonight, Tuesday, January 21, due to inclement weather and the hazardous conditions for volunteers and customers getting to/from the shop. Everyone please stay safe and we will see you on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30PM-9:00PM.

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brrrrrr…

Posted in Open Shop Program, UBP Updates

Information/Map for Friday’s Event

We hope you’ll be able to join us on Friday for our Grand Reopening event! Remember to check out the event page and be prepared to purchase some raffle tickets on Friday! For those unfamiliar with the area, please see the map below that shows free off-street parking in relation to our building. The new shop is located at 1500 North Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. See you on Friday 5PM-9PM!

Parking map for January 10, 2014 Event at UBP

Parking map for January 10, 2014 Event at UBP. Parking lot can be accessed from East 15th Street which is one-way off of King Street.

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UBP receives grant to expand youth programming!

The Urban Bike Project is pleased to announce it has been named a recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Chichester duPont Foundation.

The grant will help to allow the Urban Bike Project to expand their existing Earn-A-Bike youth program, allowing them to offer a higher quality program to a greater number of Wilmington area youth. The grant will help cover the costs of staff, equipment, bicycle parts and accessories, healthy snacks, transportation and marketing for a year-long, weekly, expanded Earn-A-Bike program and youth-only shop hours, as well as a week-long summer camp. The trustees of the Chichester duPont Foundation devote particular emphasis to programs concerned with the environment, education, health care and social services and to which the Foundation’s giving will play a pivotal role. The Urban Bike Project is thrilled to have been selected for this substantial award.

To learn more about the Chichester duPont Foundation, visit http://www.chichesterdupont.org.

Urban Bike Project’s expanded Earn-A-Bike project will provide at-risk youth age 8-17 with opportunities to learn bicycle mechanics over the course of several weeks to eventually earn a free bicycle from Urban Bike Project’s inventory, which the youth then restore themselves. The program will also provide youth with opportunities to learn about local recreation opportunities, healthy lifestyles, and bicycle safety through group rides. Weekend community service projects
will allow participants to earn shop credit for bicycle parts and accessories, and connect with their community in a positive way.

Through Urban Bike Project’s expanded Earn-A-Bike program, youth will learn valuable life skills, improve their health and spend time with positive adult role models.

Special thanks to Laura Wilburn, Urban Bike Project’s executive director, for coordinating, writing and submitting the grant application to the Chichester duPont Foundation.

Posted in Press Release, UBP Updates, Youth Programs
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