Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange
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|Location||Palo Alto, California, USA|
Serving the community whileinspiring people to learn the art of bicycle repair.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is a non-profit community organization in the California Bay Area that refurbishes and donates bikes to children and others in our community who need them. In operation for over 26 years, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange, also known as BikeX, has taught hundreds of volunteers the art of repairing bikes. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity.
Hours of Operation
As of June 2019, SVBE workdays are:
- 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10am - 3pm
- Every Wednesday, 10am - 3pm
- 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 7pm - 9pm (Women only)
Hours are subject to change. Updated information can be found on the SVBE Calendar
Location/Mailing Address: 3961 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange (SVBE) began in 1993 repairing bicycles for clients of the Mountain View Community Services Agency (MVCSA). With donations from Xerox Corp., the SVBE began renting a small workshop at 2566 Leghorn Street in Mountain View and set up a workshop and regular volunteer work day events to receive and repair used bicycles. Over the next 14 years, the program repaired and donated bicycles and helmets to low income individuals through its partnership with MVCSA. In 2007, the SVBE became a program of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. In 2014 the SVBE was granted IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit status and began operating as a separate entity.
The SVBE has developed partnerships to donate bicycles and helmets to more than a dozen organizations throughout Silicon Valley, California; these organizations include social service organizations such as Sunday Friends, the Bill Wilson Center, the Sunnyvale Community Services Agency, and Samaritan House. Currently, the SVBE also donates bikes to the Menlo Park Veteran’s Administration Hospital and supports the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Safe Routes to School Program by donating bicycles for its skills training classes.
Throughout its operation, the SVBE has maintained a strong educational component, teaching bicycle repair skills to hundreds of volunteers while refurbishing bikes to donate to charity. The SVBE accepts volunteers on a walk-in basis and also hosts volunteer groups from a range of service organizations such as Hands on Bay Area and Young Men's Service League at nearly every work day. In 2012, the SVBE also began organizing bicycle safety classes for bicycle recipients. In 2014, the SVBE launched a Bicycle Exchange program in Santa Cruz. As of 2014, the SVBE has donated over 3700 bicycles to over a dozen regional non-profit social service agencies and governmental entities.
In 2019, Bicycle Exchange moved to a new temporary workspace at 3961 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto.
SVBE and its volunteers refurbish and donate bikes through local partner social service organizations to individuals in the community who need them most. SVBE holds regular workdays, as well as hosts corporate bike repair events.
SVBE also sells a portion of refurbished adult bikes at workdays and bi-annual bike sales.