Join us at our Event Planning Meeting on Monday, March 17th!

If you want to get involved with volunteering with the San Jose Bike Clinic, our monthly Event Planning Meeting is the place to be! Come on down to learn what we’ll be up to next, help figure out logistics, volunteer for future events, or even suggest new ideas for SJBC events. SJBC is entirely volunteer-run, and these meetings are where we start running! Come join us to be a part of making the magic happen on the ground floor.

This month our meeting will be on Monday, March 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. The exact location is TBD, but just ask at the library help desk and they’ll direct you to the right place.

Hope to see you there!

 

Skill Share: Thursday May 16th 7 p.m. @ San Pedro Square Market

San José Bike Clinic is moving the date of the monthly Skill Shares to the third Thursday of every month, starting in May. SJBC’s next Skill Share is Thursday, May 16th from 7 to 9 p.m., at San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose, at the corner of San Pedro and Saint John. We hope to see you there!

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event and invite everyone you know!

536166_553680498010064_473837304_nThis event is free and open to the public. Everybody’s welcome – invite your family and friends!

Want to lead a workshop or teach people how to fix problems on their bikes? Either click here to fill out our volunteer form or email us at sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org, and we’ll plug you in. We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join the team! We have a Skill Share the third Thursday of every month, and as we gather momentum and more volunteer energy—like yours!—we’ll increase the frequency as fast as we can.

A big thank you to San Pedro Square Market for hosting our Skill Share! Please come early to check out the shops and restaurants there.

Bike to Work Day Gear-Up Event: Mission Accomplished!

Establishing Shot of the San José Bike Clinic's Bike to Work Day Gear-Up Event

The San José Bike Clinic at the San Pedro Square Market

Just last Sunday on April 29th the San José Bike Clinic set up shop for the second time. Held in front of the brilliant San Pedro Square Market sign, the Bike to Work Gear Up was a smashing success, packing a lot of learning and a lot of fun into a mere four hours!

In addition to over a dozen volunteers staffing the event, several visitors returning to the Bike Clinic for the second time, and many folks just dropping by to see what we’re about, we had 40+ newcomers stop and stay a while to participate in Bike Clinic activities.

The Bike Clinic offered classes to help people get their bikes ready for Bike to Work Day, covering everything from tuning your bike up and checking for safety before heading out, to planning your route through the city of San José, to properly locking your bike once you get there — and making sure you have proper lights for your trip back home!

The Bike Clinic even took the education out onto the streets in coordinated safety rides through the city, emphasizing proper riding practices and how to effectively share the road and get by with your bike as a viable mode of transportation.

Back at the workshop, our skilled bike repair ‘medics’ diagnosed problems with many a drop-in patients’ bike, and wrote ‘prescriptions’ to empower those in need to fix their bikes themselves.

At the end of the day attendees unwound by playing fun group biking games like Last Bike Standing, and weaving around cones in a slalom run. For some it was plenty just to enjoy an afternoon hanging out with a bunch of other bicycles enthusiasts.

The San José Bike Clinic is all these things — free bike education, a place to learn and to work on your bike, and a biycycle fan hangout spot — and more! We know we’re doing something right when people keep asking us when we’re going to be back! We are very excited at our positive feedback and are proud to be working towards establishing a permanent fixture for the greater San José bicycle community.

Watch this space for news of the Bike Clinic’s next event!