Transporting Our Future
Building Stronger Communities with Bikes
Urban Bike Project needs YOUR support. We have a 30 year lease for our shop at 1500 N. Walnut Street, and now this historic building needs some love. You can help make our shop a beautiful community hub that inspires, elevates, and unites more visitors than ever before.
Let’s Build Something Together.
Help us reach our goal!
Restoring Our Historic Shop
Our Goal: $500,000
The old “police stables” at 1500 N. Walnut Street has stood since 1907. The building has been our home since 2013, and will continue to be until 2048 and beyond thanks to a 30-year lease with the City of Wilmington. Renovations to the shop will help us meet growing demand for our services and ensure the long-term viability of the building:
- Renovations to the structure and systems, including a new roof and installation of air conditioning, will create a healthier, more comfortable environment
- Facade restorations will evoke the building’s historic beauty, create a welcoming environment with abundant natural light, and inspire community pride
- A remodeled interior that meets modern code requirements will expand programmatic capacity and help us serve more Wilmington residents
We’re partnering with The Challenge Program to complete renovations and design the interior finishes. The Challenge Program is a non-profit construction training program that provides vocational training and on-the-job experience to underserved young adults.
We’ve raised 2/3 of our goal already through grants from private foundations, corporate gifts, and historic tax credits. We need your help to make the final 1/3 of our goal! We have giving levels starting at just $10 – every little bit counts, and you’ll get fun swag sporting an original design by UBP founder David Hallberg so that you can show the world with pride that you support Urban Bike Project! We’re breaking ground in mid-December so that we can complete renovations on time for spring weather in 2019. This is our final fundraising push. Don’t miss your chance to be part of something big for Wilmington!
Since 2006, URBAN BIKE PROJECT has supported Wilmington communities by providing access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable, and practical means of transportation and recreation.
Visit Urban Bike Project’s shop and you’ll find folks from every corner of Wilmington. Some are sharing their mechanical knowledge with fellow riders while others are there to repair the bike that they rely on to get to work. Some are shopping for affordable used bikes for the whole family so they can enjoy weekend rides together and build fitness. And for many of the neighborhood kids, this is their space – a space to explore and create, a space to feel pride in their skills, a space to feel safe.
Our services include:
- Affordable used bike sales and repair services
- Mechanics and safety education
- Transportation services for low income adults
- Summer camps, Youth Shop, and Youth Earn-A-Bike programs
- Group rides and bike tours of Wilmington
We work with over 1,000 Wilmington youth and adults every year. You can learn more about our programs, who we work with, our recent successes and our vision for the next five years by checking out our 2017 Annual Report and our 2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan.
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Thank you to our major donors and sources of support, without whom this project would not be possible:
State Historic Tax Credit Program – $120,000
Welfare Foundation– $100,000
Longwood Foundation – $61,250
Crystal Trust – $50,000
Laffey McHugh Foundation – $25,000
Chichester DuPont Foundation – $25,000
Urban Bike Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit