Greetings, friends of GBBC!
Summer is in full swing, and we have several exciting announcements and memories to share. Bike Banquet, Mobile Bike Repair, bike rodeos, community rides, and more have made this summer one for the books. Read on for details!
After two years of planning and fundraising, we’ve finally found a new space to call home. The move is bittersweet—we will miss the 4th Street garage, which we’ve called home for around a decade. But, we’re excited to have more space to serve the community. In addition to more storage space, the new shop can accommodate more mechanics and service stations, which will allow us to fix up more bikes, train new volunteers, and work with more Earn-a-Bike participants. The new space also includes a spacious parking lot, where we’ve already taught area youth how to ride bikes safely. We’ve been lucky to operate out of it officially for just over two weeks now.
Thank you to all of you—our donors, volunteers, supporters, and friends—for helping make this move possible!
A preview of the new space:
Fat Tire Tour Green Bay is back, and this year’s theme is Pop vs. Rock! Join us at Fat Tire Tour on August 19. We’ll start at Ned Kelly’s (ride out at 10 am) and make our way around Green Bay to visit various bars and eateries. The ride covers 15-25 miles over 6-7 hours, so the pace will be casual. The tour will include fun, games, a costume contest, and a raffle that supports GBBC. Last year, we raised $600 that helped support our programs. We’re honored to team up with Fat Tire Tour again this year to create a rad community event that supports cycling for all in Green Bay.
GBBC is teaming up with Wello to provide a bike safety rodeo this Wednesday, August 2! At the event, we’ll teach bike safety basics and the rules of the road to area youth. We’ll provide hands-on instruction and work with Wello and the police department to field any questions about bike laws and safety.
Thank you to Wello and the Green Bay police and fire departments for helping make this event possible!
This summer, we’ve also had the honor to work with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and area schools to provide bike rodeos, community ride support, and bike donations to area youth. We’ve provided several bikes free of charge to various kids in need in the community and taught them riding skills, bike safety, and basic bike maintenance. Here’s a roundup of just some of our efforts this summer:
After finally being able to hold Bike Banquet in the spring again following COVID-19 and other delays, we successfully kicked off cycling season with our annual fundraiser. This year, Cocoon Brewing kindly hosted us, and the event featured live music, awesome raffles, face painting, tie-dying, giveaways, and good food and beverages all around.
As a result of the Bike Banquet, we raised $6,000 that we can use toward bike rodeos, Earn-a-Bike, Mobile Bike Repair, and the new space. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Special thanks to our hosts and sponsors:
Here are some of the highlights:
It’s been a productive summer in Mobile Bike Repair, and we have a few weeks left of the program. If you know someone who needs basic bike repairs, find us at the following locations on these dates:
This summer’s activities are possible because of your support. Whether you’ve attended our events, liked our posts on social, donated, or sponsored us, we appreciate you! Your efforts directly benefit area youth and keep cycling possible for everyone in Green Bay.
We look forward to more happenings this summer and hope to see you there!
-Your Friends at GBBC