Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center

Esperanza is operated by the City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department.


Our focus is on bicycle education, with the goal of increasing the safety, self-sufficiency and comfort of recreational, fitness, and utility riders alike. To meet our goal, Esperanza provides classes and programs of varied types and topics, including bicycle safety, road use and traffic law, mechanics, and riding skills.
Esperanza accepts donations of bikes, bike parts, and other bicycle related items from the community. Donated bikes are refurbished and used in our many programs. By donating your old bike to Esperanza, it will get a second lease on life as transportation for someone else in Albuquerque.
Esperanza does not sell bikes, but there are several ways that someone needing a bike can earn a bike to fit their transportation needs or get their existing bike back into serviceable condition.


Donations of bicycles, bike parts, tools, bike clothes, and other bicycle related products are always welcome. All of the bikes used in our programs are refurbished bikes that have been graciously donated to the shop from the community. If you have a bike that needs a new lease on life, we can find it a new home.

Open Shop

Open Shop is a scheduled time in which the center is open to the general public. Anyone who attends has use of the shop’s work stations, tools and used bicycle parts needed to repair their bike. All of the spare parts that are available to Open Shop patrons are donated from cyclists in the community and all of the mechanical work is performed by the bike’s owner with instruction from the staff at Esperanza.


Build-a-Bike is a youth oriented bicycle maintenance and safety class where children are taught how to build their own bike over the course of two weeks. Through this class, participants ages 10-17 learn the inner workings of their bike as they build it up from a bare frame. The maintenance aspects of the class are interwoven with bicycle safety basics and riding skills. Please contact the shop at [email protected] or (505)224-6668 for details or to register.


In this adult oriented education program, participants can earn a refurbished bike equipped with a bike helmet and a bike lock. To earn the bike, the participant must attend our City Cycling Class and our Roadside Maintenance Class. There is a class fee of $10 per class. Please contact the shop at [email protected] or (505)224-6668 for details or to register.

Work Study

Esperanza has partnered with several local high schools to provide Work Study opportunities for their students. Work Study students learn bicycle maintenance and shop skills while helping the Esperanza staff refurbish donated bikes for the Earn-a-Bike program. Please contact the shop at [email protected] or (505)224-6668 for details.

Bike Valet

Throughout the spring and summer seasons, Esperanza provides a Bike Valet service at several community gatherings around the city. The Bike Valet allows people to ride their bikes

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