Bike Talk: Cycling in Solidarity: Inclusivity in the Bike Community

Find out how Queen City Bike Collective is breaking down barriers to make the world of cycling more available to everyone.

Cycling is for everyone, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Gatekeeping. Stigma. Transportation inequity. Queen City Bike Collective believes a more equitable future is possible for all cyclists. Find out how QC Bike is working to make this future a reality! In this Bike-Walk Talk, we will explore ways that organizations, businesses and individuals can break down barriers and make the world of cycling more inclusive in New Hampshire.

Presenter Marlee Townsend from the QC Bike Collective is a communications specialist with a background in human rights research and advocacy. She believes in community-centric solutions rooted in sustainability and justice. Co-presenter Tammy Zamoyski, also with QC Bikes, has a background in urban planning and has been an active transportation advocate over the past ten years. She is an avid bike commuter, mountain biker and roadie.

Watch it here:

Register for Free Classes!

We’re offering several free classes in upcoming weeks, and you are invited to join. Read the descriptions and sign up below.


Safe Cycling 101 – Tue, September 21, 2021

Taught by League Cycling Instructor Bernie Fournier, this free course will cover bike handling basics,  rules of the road, parts of a bicycle and shifting gears. We will also discuss how to ride on the streets of Manchester and the basics of group riding. Learn more and register for free here.

Women & Cycling 101 – Wednesday, October 6th 7-8pm

Taught by League Cycling Instructor Judy Burakowski, this free class is open to all women, trans and nonbinary people who want to feel more confident riding on the road. Learn more and register for free here


Bicycle Friendly Driver Course – Thursday, October 14th 12-1:15pm

Taught by David Sky, this course will help you gain an understanding of how and why bicyclists travel the roadways in the ways they do. Learn more and register for free here.

An Eventful Fall is Heading Our Way!

Infrastructure Updates

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FixIt Station Pumps Replaced

We are excited to announce that the pumps at the FixIt Stations have been replaced and are now fully functioning.  Want to find a station near you? Check out this map. FixIt Stations will be coming soon to Manchester’s West Side – stay tuned for updates. We are still looking for an adopter for the JFK Memorial Colosseum FixIt Station. If you are able to check in on this station twice per month, please sign up here. Adopters play an important role in ensuring the FixIt Stations can keep Manchester rolling!

New Bike Lanes on Willow St.

We were excited to see brand new bike lanes on Willow St. from Valley St. to Warsaw Ave. All of Manchester’s bike lanes and trails, as well as planned and proposed infrastructure is shown on this map

Shop News

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If you have a bike to donate or are looking for a refurbished  bike to ride, feel free to stop by during our Open Shop hours: Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 4 – 8 PM and Saturday afternoons from 12 – 4 PM. If you would like to come in for a Do-It-Together repair, we suggest you schedule an appointment – on our website – so we can ensure you get the attention you need!

Upcoming QC Bike Events

In addition to Closed Shop Volunteer hours, QC Bike is excited to expand our educational offerings. We have teamed up with three local League Cycling Instructors to offer a variety of free classes for all skill levels. 

Safe Cycling 101


Tuesday, September 21st 6:30-7:15pm Taught by League Cycling Instructor Bernie Fournier, this free course will cover bike handling basics,  rules of the road, parts of a bicycle and shifting gears. We will also discuss how to ride on the streets of Manchester and the basics of group riding. Learn more and register for free here.

Women & Cycling 101

Wednesday, October 6th 7-8pm. Taught by League Cycling InstructorJudy Burakowski, this free class is open to all Women/Trans/Femmes who want to feel more confident riding on the road. Learn more and register for free here

Bicycle Friendly Driver Course

Thursday, October 14th 12-1:15pm. Taught by David Sky, this course will help you gain an understanding of how and why bicyclists travel the roadways in the ways they do. Learn more and register for free here. Not sure if this class is for you? Click the link above to read how one couple used the class to settle a disagreement!
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Explore Manchester On A Bike

Every Monday Night in September QC Bike volunteers will be leading a casual ride around our lovely city every Monday in September. This ride is all about bringing everyone together to demonstrate the utility and simple joy that comes from an incredible personal vehicle. We will begin at 5:30pm at QC Bike Collective (35 Elm St.). Parking will be available. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the ride is FREE! Interested in leading a ride in the future?  Please send an e-mail to Tammy@qcbike.org.

Upcoming Community Events

2021 Manchester Bike Tour

Sunday, September 12th 7:00am. Manchester Bike Tour is a 30 mile (0r 40 mile option) family friendly bike ride around the city of Manchester, NH presented by the Manchester Conservation Commission. The tour begins at Eversource Energy Park and loops around the city. Sights along the route include Rock Rimmon, the Piscataquog Rail Trail, Nutts Pond Recreation Trail, Aviation Museum at the Airport, Lake Massabesic and the Historic Weston Observatory. For more information, and to register, click here. QC Bike is excited to be a sponsor of this event! 

New ways to get involved with QC Bike!

Volunteer Opportunities

NEW!         Volunteer shop hours

Closed Shop is time when the shop is closed to the public, but open to volunteers and QC staff to work on projects that benefit the operations of QC Bike:

– Stripping bikes,

– Cleaning bikes,

– Building bikes,

– Sorting and cleaning parts

This also presents an opportunity for volunteers to improve their capabilities as mechanics!

These times are set aside to develop, train, and utilize volunteer talent in the furtherance of the collective’s shop operations. During these periods, the shop is closed to the public for the collective to focus on production and volunteer training.

Choose a time slot by clicking here.

NEW!         Adopt-a-FixIt Station 

Now that six FixIt Stations have been installed around the city, we are looking for volunteers to perform simple check ins twice per month. Adopters will choose one station and complete a very short form to let us know that the stations are in working order. To adopt a station, please fill out this short form.

Shop News

QC Bike expands Shop

We are excited to announce that QC Bike Collective has expanded next door into 37 Elm Street. This new space will provide more opportunities to work with volunteers, engage the public, organize events and offer expanded office hours for visitors.

Want to chat about cycling in Manchester or learn about our new volunteer opportunities? Visit us at 37 Elm!

Office Hours:

Monday: 10am- 4pm

Tuesday: 2pm- 5pm

Wednesday: 2pm- 5pm

Thursday: 2pm- 5pm

Friday: 1pm- 4pm

With help from the community…

YOU helped us raise over $9,000!

On NH Gives Day, you helped our capacity grow as we rise to meet the increased needs of our community. Every generous donation, shared post, and fundraising page helps us keep Manchester rolling. Your support truly means the world to us and those who rely on QC Bike. Because of you, we raised over $9,000 towards our mission of getting people on bikes safely and affordably in Manchester!!

If you missed NH Gives Day, you can still donate online through our website, www.qcbike.org!

80+ bikes donated in June

Wow, our community is AWESOME! Since we were featured on the New Hampshire Chronicle last month (watch it here!), our mechanics have had their hands full working on all of the bikes you’ve donated. Donated bikes are thoroughly checked over by staff and volunteer mechanics to ensure a reliable ride for their next owner. 

We can always find homes for bikes. To donate bikes or parts stop by during Open Shop (appointments no longer necessary).

Open Shop Hours:

Tuesday: 4-8pm

Thursday: 4-8pm

Saturday: 4-8pm

Upcoming Events

Explore Manchester On A Bike:
Every Monday in August

QC Bike volunteers will be leading a casual ride around our lovely city every Monday in August. This ride is all about bringing everyone together to demonstrate the utility and simple joy that comes from an incredible personal vehicle. We will begin at 5:30pm at QC Bike Collective (35 Elm St.). Parking will be available. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the ride is FREE!

Interested in leading a ride in the future?  Please send an e-mail to Tammy@qcbike.org.

In case you missed it

QC Bike has PRIDE!

QC Bike is YOUR community bike shop and we strive to create an environment that is welcoming and safe for everybody. It’s a place where you can be YOU.We celebrated Pride Month (June) by participating in the Queen City Pride Festival on the 19th and hosting two Pride themed community rides. These events were a great opportunity to meet some incredible people. Our staff and volunteers were grateful for the chance to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and how to grow as allies and supporters.

Open Shop is Back!

Hey! We’ve missed you!

We’re starting to have Open Shop like the old days, again. Capacity is limited, however, and you may be asked to wait outside.

All visits start with check-in and we will manage the flow as best we can, with your help.

So, if you’re looking to do any of the following:

  • donate bikes/parts;
  • emergency/simple do-it-together repairs;
  • pick up parts to repair it yourself, at home; or
  • test ride a bike;

feel free to stop by during our Open Shop hours :

  • Tuesdays: 4PM – 8PM
  • Thursdays: 4PM – 8PM
  • Saturdays:  12PM – 4PM

We are still asking folks with non-emergency, do-it-together repairs to book an appointment. This gives us the best chance to provide you with meaningful service.

Our goal is to provide a satisfactory experience for all.

Hope to see you in the shop!

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