Justice is a key organizational value at BICAS. As such, in response to the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, as well as the murders of countless Black lives in the United States, the BICAS Collective would like to take this moment to amplify the demands of Black-led organizers both locally and nationally for “acknowledgement and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police” as well as for “radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives” (posted on the BLM website on May 30th, 2020). In addition, BICAS re-commits to examining our own organizational policies and practices in this vein.
Some Black-led initiatives where our Tucson community can send donations include:
Minneapolis-based Reclaim the Block
George Floyd Memorial Fund
Mass Liberation Arizona
“Martha, what is the most exciting part to you about making recycled art with parts from BICAS?”
For me, the most exciting part about making recycled art is the treasure hunt. I never know what’s going into the finished piece because I’m still looking for the parts.
“What are your favorite parts to use in salvage projects?”
My favorite bike parts to use are disc brake rotors, chainrings, and freewheel cogs.
“What do you hope to make next?”
My next project will be incorporating a chainring into a house number sculpture for my gate. I have other ideas too but haven’t designed or built anything yet.
“How are you nurturing your everyday creativity during the pandemic?”
I’m upping my culinary and home brewing games. In the past few weeks, I’ve been learning how to make mesquite biscuits, pizza, and apple soft drink. I’ve also added beer to my fermentation repertoire.
Awesome photos above are from Martha’s incredible salvage creation made from BICAS parts and other found objects! Check out Martha’s newly-launched website at http://www.westernskycommunications.com, then visit the BICAS Etsy Shop to purchase some salvage parts of your own. Parts are available for shipping or at-store pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BICAS is always seeking talented, committed candidates. If you think you could thrive in a job that is meaningful, community-driven, challenging, and creative, please see www.bicas.org/jobs for job descriptions and further application instructions. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Bicas mechanic in bicycle-themed protective facemask holds onto handlebars
BICAS switches to Monsoon Summer Hours on July 8th
June 23rd, 2020
As the Tucson summer heats up and Monsoon season rolls in, BICAS will be shifting our open hours to earlier in the day to help everyone beat the heat.
Monsoon Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM
Summer holiday break – BICAS will be closed June 29th – July 5th
Bike repairs taken in this week, June 24th – 27th, can expect a delay in repair time due to the Summer Holiday Break next week. As always we will complete your repairs as quickly as possible and call you when your bike is ready. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Posted June 8th, 2020
Report Back from a month of Essential Services and what to expect in the future.
Since BICAS reopened for essential services a little over a month ago we have had just shy of 1,000 visitors! That’s incredible. We are so pleased to be able to serve so many people in our community with bike sales, sliding scale repair services, receiving and providing bike donations to those in need, and offering parts and supplies sales for folks to keep their bikes safely running or to work on projects from at home. Whether you’re in search of a bicycle, want to fix up that old one in the garage, rely on your bike for daily transport, or need help accessorizing with lights, helmets, locks, and water bottles… we’re here for you.
How you can help us help you.
We are still offering all services through our north facing roll up door to minimize exposure risk for our customers and staff. At the moment the public is not able to come inside our building but we’re happy to do your shopping for you! We’re doing our best to keep you comfortable while waiting in line by providing shade structures. Here are some ways you can help us reduce wait time. If you are looking for parts please come prepared with a list and your name and number. If it’s more than we can search for on the spot, we’ll call you back at a later time to come pick stuff up. If you have donations feel free to wave us down from the door so that you don’t have to wait in line to drop them off. Looking for a bike? Feel free to check out the bikes posted on our facebook page or contact our sales team ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about what you’re looking for in a bike and how tall you are to get an idea of what we have available. This can help speed up your visit. Bikes are selling fast! We have sold nearly 100 since opening which is faster than we can fix them up. Please consider purchasing a used bike from us to schedule in for repairs to get it rideable. And remember to stay home when you or anyone in your household is sick and to wear a mask when you visit us if you have one. If not, consider buying one of our handmade masks!
Sticking to our mission.
We believe in access to mobility and making sure everyone can obtain sustainable transportation. We have serviced around 200 bikes since reopening, the majority of which have been subsidized repairs. We have set our rates on a sliding scale with the upper end reflecting the true cost of the repair based on average shop rates, but are dedicated to meeting you where you’re at with whatever you can afford. Your support helps us be able to offer our services to more people in need. Thank you for supporting the Tucson community through supporting BICAS. We’re all in this together.
We know how eager you are for us to return to the many services we typically offer. We are too! However, we are dedicated to keeping our community and collective as safe as possible by use of risk assessment tools. We are adjusting and planning for safer ways to offer our classes and camps and to allow for controlled numbers of people inside our building as soon as the data can assure us that cases of COVID-19 are no longer on the rise in our county. We can’t predict when that will be but are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to post updates on our webpage and social media. We appreciate your patience as we focus on all the ways we CAN help you right now.