More butts on bikes!!!
Bowdoin Bike School was started in a small shed on Bowdoin Street by Noah De Amor (nee Hicks), a lifelong Dorchester resident. In response to Dorchester’s booming cycling population, Mr. De Amor decided to take the opportunity to provide his neighborhood with access to a repair shop. He called the shop Bowdoin Bike School, offering the community the option of learning how to perform their own repairs or paying a technician for services.
Now in its fourth year, Bowdoin Bike School has expanded its offerings to include a full-service bicycle retail shop. The sales floor is home to everything from rugged BMX bikes to English three speeds to zippy road bikes, all reconditioned and customized to meet the unique needs of their owners.
Noah and his shop employees are working with the Boston Center for Community Ownership to transform the business into a worker-owned coop so some of the people who have labored hard to build Bowdoin Bike School will get an opportunity to share ownership.
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“Ujima is giving us an opportunity to bring the activism side of the community to the economic development side.”
Dorchester Cyclists Call For Better Bike Infrastructure In City's South. WBUR 90.9 (3/28/2016).
"Noah Hicks, a cycling advocate and entrepreneur, is owner of the grassroots Bowdoin Bike School in Dorchester. He believes there's an infrastructure gap between lower and higher income neighborhoods in the city."
Bowdoin Bike School wants to improve cyclists’ lives. Dorchester Reporter (9/3/2015). Link.
"Part of our shop experience is that we include you in the repair process,” Hicks said. “We want people to stay out on the road. We want people to love their bikes.”
A bike shop grows in Boston. People for Bikes (9/3/2015). Link.
"Hicks is always seeking more financial support-from companies, organizations and individuals-so he can keep his shop affordable for everyone. But one thing he's not lacking in is community support. Just 24 hours before the grand opening, a team of volunteers (many of them young people from the neighborhood) was moving bikes, tools and parts into the new Bowdoin Bike School location"
A rocky road for bicycles in Bowdoin Geneva. Boston Globe. (8/16/2014). Link.
"Hicks said that much of the cycling interest in the neighborhood falls into the category of “subsistence biking.” It’s common, he said, to see older residents balancing groceries on their bikes. Biking in Bowdoin-Geneva is not so much a lifestyle choice as an essential form of transportation."
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