Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop Opens Doors
- March 11, 2013
The word Esperanza means “hope”, and the old Esperanza Library is now bringing hope and community revitalization to west Central through the renovation of the building and new programming for youth and adults alike.
The Esperanza Community Bike Shop will provide bicycles, bicycle repair, and cycling education to budding cyclists and seasoned pros. A room in the bike shop will be named in honor of Richard Rivas, well known in the community for his work of recycling bicycles and giving them to those in need. The shop will be the new home for the Richard Rivas Community Bike Recycle Program as well.
The Bike Shop will also house the Parks and Recreation Department’s Bicycle Safety Education Program. The Bicycle Safety Education Program has been serving bicyclists in Albuquerque for more than 17 years. Best known for its ‘Bike Rodeos’, offering elementary school-age children bicycling safety skills complete with traffic signs and wooden obstacles; the program will hold future events at the newly renovated facility.
“Providing healthy and safe programs and facilities in our communities is an investment in the future of our city,” said Mayor Berry. “We are thrilled about the shop’s mission and what it will mean for the entire city”.
“The Bicycle Safety Education Program has been educating future commuters about the joy and practicality of bicycling, and to be respectful of bicyclists when they become drivers of cars,” added Chuck Malagodi, Program Coordinator. “We are especially proud of our new-found collaboration with Partnership for Community Action and Bernalillo County,” Mr. Malagodi added.
The shop will be a community resource for learning all about bicycles: from maintaining one’s own two-wheeler to putting old bikes to new use. Among the new programs at the shop is the Earn-A-Bike program, where kids 9-17 years of age can learn how to maintain and repair a bike, all while earning a bike all their own.
The community is also encouraged to donate bicycles and parts in any condition; the donated equipment will be used at the shop. Open Shop Nights will serve the entire public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The shop will also be home to a bicycle library where bikes will be available for check out. Visit the shop’s homepage at Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop.