To offer a bicycle education - based workspace and advocate for bicycling to foster a healthier, safer, and more sustainable community.
Although our work space is located in Bay Village, our organization is for everyone in the region, not just Bay Village residents. Village Bicycle Cooperative is a 100% volunteer-operated 501c3 nonprofit organization. Formed in 2012 , it is located in the ground floor of the historic Community House in Bay Village.
From the onset we have collaborated with local organizations, city government. and businesses to help build community and encourage people to utilize bicycles for transportation, recreation, sport, and an all-around healthy lifestyle.
Our mission is primarily centered around taking donated bicycles from the public, fixing all safety issues on those bicycle, and then providing those bicycles at no cost to disadvantaged people needing them as their primary form of transportation. These no cost bicycles are distributed to clients through partner social service agencies that are better suited to evaluate the needs of the client. Using these partners, the client is also able to work with social workers who provide a variety of services beyond the client's transportation needs.
To support the above mission, the Village Bicycle Cooperative sells bicycles to the public out of our Bay Village shop. These proceeds help cover our expenses.
Education and advocacy are also important parts of our mission that help make bicycling safer for all.
The sustainability portion of our mission is met through keeping bicycles out of landfills, encouraging bicycling as a pollution-free and carbon-free form of transportation, and operating a low waste shop.