BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) is a worker self-directed nonprofit 501(c)(3) bicycle center located near downtown Tucson.
Through advocacy and bicycle salvage, our mission is to participate in affordable bicycle transportation, education, and creative recycling with our greater Tucson community.
Relying largely on generous donations from our community, and responsible stewardship of those donations, BICAS is able to provide the following to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity: an Earn-A-Bike program, work-trade, community service opportunities, a DIY Community Tools space, bike repair &maintenance classes, and youth drop-in hours. We believe in bicycles and other human-powered machines as essential vehicles for transportation justice, and we are always striving to make them more & more accessible to our community.
We are an education center, not a traditional bike shop.
You can find the following at BICAS:
- Community Tools — rent a shop stand & tools for an hourly rate
- Used parts — vintage, cheap, high end, low end
- New parts — the basics: tubes, tires, seats, racks, etc.
- Refurbished bicycles for sale
- Used “as-is” bicycles that we can teach you how to repair
- Earn-a-Bike Program
- Youth Programs
- Art Gallery — bicycle-themed art, gifts & BICAS merchandise
- Bike scrap parts for your art projects
- Metalworks Program — commission us for public art (including bike racks)
- Bring donations — bikes or bike-related items (Check our wishlist for more)
BICAS started in late 1989 as an organization called Bootstraps to Share. A group of like-minded community members came together to assist and empower the homeless population in Tucson, helping folks attain work, shelter, food, and transportation.
Over the next few years, the organization focused on sustainable transportation as a requisite for sustainable work, determining their greatest impact was to provide recycled bicycles and the skills needed to maintain them. In that same period, youth became interested in the bicycle mechanics programs.
Thus, BICAS in the way we know it today came into existence around 1994, although the name “BICAS” wasn’t used until 1996. We have since extended our bicycle recycling, advocacy and education programs out to the entire community. Since our founding, we have trained thousands of youth and adults in the trade of bicycle repair, maintenance and safety, and restored thousands of bicycles, saving them from the waste stream.
We also have a more detailed history HERE.
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