Yair and Jorge, Fall 2016 Earn-a-Bike

Yair and Jorge, Fall 2016 Earn-a-Bike

BiCi Co.’s programs support our mission of increasing mobility and access to jobs while supporting bicycle skills and safety.

The BiCi Co. Storefront

In April 2017 BiCi Co. opened hours to serve the community with used bicycle sales and repair parts, new and used.  You can get a bicycle repaired or tuned up.

Spring- Fall Weekday Storefront Hours – Monday, By Appointment; Tuesday – Friday, 12-5:30pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm ,97 Park Street

The storefront is also staffed during DIY Member Hours, but only Members and Volunteers get to access the repair space.  BiCi Co. Members also get discounts on parts and used bikes.

DIY Bicycle Repair Hours — Members & Volunteers

Do-It-Yourself repair and tune up your bicycle, shadow a mechanic or practice repairs on used bicycles in our full-service shop. Chat with expert bicycle mechanics and commuters. Share your skills and teach others what you know. Purchase bicycle parts — used and new — to complete your projects.

DIY Member Hours – Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 PM and Saturdays from 1:30-5:30 PM. To take advantage of the shop’s resources (tools and mechanic expertise), you have to be a member. Become a member today!

Women’s DIY Member Hours – Mondays from 5:30-8:30pm. Transgender and femme identifying attendees are very much welcome.

Mechanic Nights, – To be announced.  Stay tuned.  We schedule mechanic nights to support special projects and build goals for community programs.  If you don’t want to miss announcements, follow BiCi Co. on Facebook and sign up for email announcements.

Earn-a-Bike & Sponosored Rider/Mechanic Program

Earn-a-Bike is a hands-on, bicycle-based, eight-week training program which introduces Hartford young people to the world of bicycles. Participants leave the program with a bicycle that they have tuned up and customized themselves.

Young people aged 13-19 earn their bicycle by learning about maintenance, Hartford’s bike history, bicycle science, and safety skills. Contact the Shop Manager to learn when the next course begins and to get your teenager on the waiting list.

Earn-a-Bike Registration form here.  Get on the list by sending your contact information to  Ages 13-19.  Our Spring program starts in February and our Fall program in October.  The class runs for 8 weeks with meetings twice a week, days based on participant survey.  Applicants that complete the course earn a bicycle they fix themselves, bike lights, a helmet, and a bicycle lock.  Applications close once the class reaches capacity.

Sponsored Rider/Mechanic Program – All youth that complete Earn-a-Bike with satisfactory attendance and pass our code-of-conduct/skills will be eligible to be a BiCi Co Sponsored Rider/Mechanic eligible for special discounts on parts, bikes, service, event travel, and employment opportunities.

 Earn-a-Bike PHOTOS HERE!

Internships and Service Learning

BiCi Co. provides an ideal venue for Center for Latino Progress interns to conduct service learning projects and make a difference.  Internships at BiCi Co. focus on building skills and employment readiness for participants.

Summer Youth Interns – Capital Workforce Partners’ Summer Youth Employment and Learning program is a stepping stone for Hartford’s youth, providing a five-week paid “work and learn” experience. The program includes professional development that prepares students between 8th and 12th grade to succeed.  In 2015 and 2016 Summer Youth program participants at BiCi Co. learned about many bicycle topics, including Hartford’s rich bicycle history and engineering. The students learned bicycle maintenance and repair. In 2015 they directly applied those skills to 16 bicycles that were tuned up for a Community Renewal Team bicycle rodeo and then donated to grandchildren being raised by their grandparents.  In 2016 the summer interns built bicycles for the Center’s Bikes for Jobs Access program and educated peers in bicycle safety at bicycle rodeos and safety courses.  The 2017 BiCi Co. summer youth interns helped get the BiCi Co. storefront up and running.

2017/2018 Hartford Schools Internship Program – The Center for Latino Progress is working with Capital Workforce Partners on the Hartford Schools Internship Program (HSIP).  Twelve Hartford Public Schools are participating and the program is employing 125 high school juniors and seniors at different Hartford area placements in the Spring.  The program requires several Fall 2017 professional development meetings and milestones to qualify for the Spring 2018 internship.  BiCi Co. will be hosting several of these interns as mechanic trainees, customer service trainees, and program assistants.

Capital Workforce Partners, Construct Your Future Internships – BiCi Co. is a work-site for young adults participating in the Center’s Construct Your Future Program.  CYF training includes customer service and professional development.  BiCi Co. provides internships that fit the skills and certifications that the participants obtain.

Jr. Apprentice Interns – BiCi Co. works with teen interns as part the the Jr. Apprentice program.

BiCi Co. Belles – The Women’s Committee

BiCi Co. Belles, our women’s committee, was formed to address the under-representation of women and girls riding bicycles in Hartford. Bicycles are an efficient, healthy mode of transportation, and women and girls should be able to comfortably and safely ride them.

BiCi Co. Belles is empowering women of all ages to ride by providing access to bicycles, bike education, and a supportive community of fellow riders. Interested in joining the committee? Contact Yanil Terón to be added to future meeting invitations.

Women’s DIY Member Hours – Mondays from 5:30-8:30pm. Women, transgender, and femme identifying attendees are very much welcome.

Women / WTF Monday Night Mechanic Workshops – 6-7pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday’s of the month.  Learn mechanic basics in a series of workshops.  Weekly class topics are announced on the BiCi Co. Facebook page.  BYO bicycle, or practice on a used bike being up-cycled.

Maintenance and Safety Education Seminars and Courses

In addition to informal learning and skill-sharing during DIY Member hours, BiCi Co. holds seminars and courses in bicycle safety and maintenance. Learn from experts and become an ambassador for Hartford’s growing active transportation community.

  • Traffic Skills 101 – This course will change your (cycling) life. The comprehensive full-day course includes: vehicular cycling classroom instruction, bicycle maintenance basics, bike handling skill drills, and a brief road ride to put the skills to work. The course is a prerequisite for more advanced courses, including the League Cycling Instructor (LCI) seminar to become a certified instructor.
  • Spring 2018 Mechanic Workshops – Learn mechanic skills in one hour workshops plus hands on practice.  More info.
    • Wednesday nights – 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.  $20 for non-members.  $5 suggested donation for members.
    • Monday nights – Women’s / WTF Mechanic Workshops.  FREE!
  • League Cycling Instructor Training @ BiCi Co.
    • Next Course – New Haven, March 23-25, 2018.  More info.  This course is full.
  • Custom Courses – BiCi Co. has several experienced bicycle educators, coaches, and League Cycling Instructors on staff.  Our team can put together a custom curriculum or class for your needs.  Contact us for a quote.
    • Corporate Bicycle Commuter Lunch and Learn – Typically 45 min to 1 hr
    • Youth Bicycle Safety and Helmet Fit – Typically 1 hr to 2 hrs
    • Youth and Teen Bicycle Rodeos
    • Train the Teacher for School Physical Education Bicycle Curriculum
    • How to Ride a Bicycle – Adult or Youth Focused Course

Bicycles for Jobs Access

Bicycles greatly increase the mobility of those who are on a limited income and/or looking for work. Bus transit is spotty in Hartford suburbs, and particularly inadequate for those working the second or third shift.  More background info about the program here – LINK.

BiCi Co. works with Hartford transition programs, local shelters, and the Center for Latino Progress’ job training programs to identify those who would benefit from using a bicycle to get to work.  Many recipients then return to BiCi Co. and volunteer on their own time.  Participants are referred by their program (using a simple form) and chip in $20, which may be sponsored by their referring organization.  They receive an up-cycled bicycle, a secure lock, bicycle lights, and a helmet.

Social workers, case workers, educators, medical professionals, counselors, and probation officers can contact the BiCi Co. Program Manager for more information and a referral link.

Late in 2017, we were excited to hear from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving that the Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund loved the program and wanted to fund a year of operations. With that funding we will be able to provide up to 75 up-cycled bicycles, locks, and lights. The Fisher Fund was joined by the Alison and Nathaniel Howe Fund and the S. A. Johnson Family Fund, bringing the total funded Bikes for Jobs up to 97 (which should carry the program into 2019)! The CCMC Injury and Prevention Center sponsors the bike helmets.

BIKE LIFE – Hartford!

We’re about the BIKE LIFE in the capital city. Ride, eat, sleep, and breathe bikes. BIKE LIFE – Hartford! was developed in 2016. With the cooperation of local partners we kicked off a couple bicycle maintenance and safety seminars with a bicycle giveaway event over Spring Break at Heaven Skate Park. Now in our fourth consecutive year, BikeLIFE is thriving in Hartford.

Video of the 2018 BikeLIFE Festival – LINK.

Photos from the BikeLIFE Festival, safety classes, and shop sessions – LINK.

BikeLIFE Schedule (All Bicycle Safety Classes 12-2pm; BikeLIFE Festival 12-4pm):

Mon, April 8: Center for Latino Progress/BiCi Co (97 Park St)

Tues, April 9: Artist’s Collective (1200 Albany Ave)

Wed, April 10: Arroyo Center – Pope Park (30 Pope Park Dr)

Thur, April 11: Parker Memorial (2621 Main St)

Fri, April 12: Metzner Recreation Center (682 Franklin Ave)

Sat, April 13: BikeLIFE Festival BiCi Co/Hudson St Park (95 Park St/389 Hudson St)

BikeLIFE! – Hartford Bicycle Festival: Hartford School’s Spring Break Week, Mon-Sat, April 8-13th

The BikeLIFE! – Hartford Festival is back for a 4th straight year! This year’s going to be bigger and better then ever. Registration is open for youth (8-19 years old) and for a cohort of awesome volunteers.

As in years past, the festival is broken into two parts: Five 2hr Bicycle Safety Courses – Mon, 4/8-Fri, 4/12; and one grand celebration festival on Sat, 4/13.

The five bicycle safety courses are 12pm-2pm during the Hartford Public School’s Spring Break week (Mon, April 8 – Fri, April 12). The courses strategically located around Hartford to reach as many youth as possible. It’s an awesome opportunity to connect with youth that love bikes and riding.

Saturday, April 13th, 12-4pm is the big festival day! Youth that have completed one of the bicycle safety courses will join and get an upcycled bike, helmet, lights and locks. We also need volunteers to help with a whole array of activities from bike distribution to bicycle football referee!

BIKELIFE registration is now open. Register Today: Click Here.

Adults and Volunteers…We NEED you! Help us build up 100 bikes, and volunteer at the BikeLIFE events. Register as a volunteer: Click Here.

Center for Latino Progress – CPRF

The Center for Latino Progress (same building as BiCi Co., on the 2nd floor) offers complementary community building programs in job training, home ownership, youth development, and language learning. The Center sees its BiCi Co. program and the sustainable, efficient transportation it encourages as asset building for community members. For more information about The Center’s programs, visit