100+ Students Earned a Bike Last Month

5th Annual Earn-A-Bike Program a Success!

Thanks to the Earn-A-Bike Program, over 100 elementary school students are now proud owners of a newly refurbished bicycle!

Last month, fourth-graders at Gossler Elementary and fifth-graders at Beech Elementary who completed the Earn-A-Bike curriculum were given the chance to pick out a bike, along with a helmet, lights, and lock.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us put smiles on faces, as well as the Manchester Community Schools Project, Manchester Health Department, Manchester Police Department and Elliot Health System!

Read more about the program here.

Fix-A-Flat Friday

QC Bike volunteers helped community members get back on the streets using the new FixIt station at Bronstein Park. During the event we gave away lights and tubes, fixed flats and got to meet some great people.

NH Gives Day is June 8-9th

Like other bike shops around the world, the pandemic has changed the way we operate. The demand for bikes has increased substantially, from families seeking outlets for pent-up energy to essential workers struggling to make it to their shift on time. Our mission is to get people on bikes, and we need your help. Our original, pre-COVID model was heavily volunteer-dependent and shop-focused. Last year, we pivoted to a greater reliance upon paid staff and are hoping for a blended staffing model, with a wider base of support.  We need YOU to help build our capacity to meet the needs of our community. Even small donations make a big impact, and your donation can go even further thanks to the $300,000 site-wide match pool funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Donation.  

YOU can help keep Manchester rolling with a donation on NH Gives Day:
View our NH Gives Profile

Upcoming Event: Explore Manchester On A Bike

Monday, June 7th QC Bike volunteers will be leading a casual ride around our lovely city. 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 the Factory on Willow (252 Willow St.). Parking will be available. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the ride is FREE!

A bit of fun…

Staff Complete CommuteSMART Challenge

During the month of May, our staff & board members tracked their active transport miles and here was our collective impact:

36  drive-alone miles saved

33 lbs  CO2 saved

$21  saved

Go team!

To Share Meet-up Round 2!

We’re halfway through Bike Month, but our summer is just getting started!

To celebrate, we are (once again!) gathering at To Share to chill and converse. This will be the second in a series of informal, bike-community gatherings geared towards getting people involved, and keeping people up-to-speed on all things biking, in Manchester. We will have a few tables reserved at To Share’s outdoor beer garden. Please stop by!

Who: QC Bike Folk and All Interested Friends Welcome!

What: A Bike Community Gathering!

Where: To Share Brewing Company

720 Union St.,
Manchester, NH

When: May 15, 2021 @ 6 PM

Why: It’s Bike Month!

PS. Stay posted for a potential third installment of this series!

Cheers!

We’re growing to better meet the needs of our community!

The Queen City Bike Collective has received generous funding to focus our efforts on communication and advocacy. Our original, pre-COVID model was heavily volunteer-dependent and shop-focused. Last year, we pivoted to a greater reliance upon paid staff and are hoping for a blended staffing model, with a wider base of support, into the future.

Our efforts to expand operations – beyond the walls of our shop – are beginning to bear fruit, with the FixIt station project, the bike community SWOT analysis, and the absorption of Bike Manchester (see announcement below).

Meet our new staff:

Tammy Zamoyski

Tammy is bringing fresh energy and passion to the team! With a background in urban planning, she has been a strong bicycle advocate and non-profit leader over the past ten years. She is excited to help QC Bike Collective grow in a sustainable manner.

Marlee Townsend

Marlee is an experienced communications specialist & nonprofit professional. Her favorite thing to do is tell stories — through words, images, videos, or experiences — that make the world a better place. She believes in community-based solutions rooted in sustainability and justice.

Bike Manchester Merges with QC Bike

QC Bike Collective and Bike Manchester have accomplished a lot together over the years. We are excited to announce that QC Bike will be carrying on the Bike Manchester torch as we combine resources to get more people biking in Manchester.

QC Bike Collective performed a SWOT (Strengths | Weaknesses | Opportunities | Threats) analysis of the Greater Manchester bike community in Fall 2020. More than 33 individuals representing 13 organizations participated, including members of Bike Manchester, QC Bike Collective, BWANH, and more. The SWOT analysis brought several items to light that informed the decision between Bike Manchester and QC Bike Collective, including the opportunities to improve communication and collaboration between cycling stakeholders, and to strengthen our collective missions.

Bike Manchester has been an outstanding leader in making Manchester more bicycle friendly, and we are honored and excited for the opportunity to continue their mission.

NEW Monthly Newsletters

As part of our improved communications strategy, we will be sending out monthly newsletters that may include news, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. You are currently in our database because you have shown interest in the Queen City Bike Collective by visiting the Shop, purchasing or donating a bike, or volunteered with us. If you would NOT like to receive monthly updates from us, no hard feelings. You can unsubscribe by clicking here.

We look forward to growing with YOU!

We’re Having an Event!

May 1st marks the beginning of Bike Month!

To celebrate, we are gathering at To Share to chill and converse. This will be the first of a series of informal, bike-community gatherings geared towards getting people involved, and keeping people up-to-speed on all things biking, in Manchester. We will have a few tables reserved at To Share’s outdoor beer garden. Please stop by!

Who: QC Bike Folk and All Interested Friends Welcome!

What: A Bike Community Gathering!

Where: To Share Brewing Company

720 Union St.,
Manchester, NH

When: May 1, 2021 @ 6 PM

Why: It’s Bike Month!

We’re Hiring!

Interested in our mission? Passionate about biking in Manchester? Know all about communicating?

Then, we’re looking for you!

QC Bike has received generous funding to focus our efforts on communication and advocacy.

See below for more details!

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Queen City Bicycle Collective

Communications & Support Manager

Organization Description:  

The mission of Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike) is to get – and keep – the Manchester community riding bicycles, safely and affordably.  Our primary project is “Open Shop,” which provides tools, parts, and expertise, in a do-it-together, hands-on training format that teaches users how to maintain their own bicycle.  Secondly, by accepting donations,  our organization is able to provide a low-cost, but high-quality option for refurbished bicycles, in our community.  Thirdly,  in partnership with The Manchester Health Department, we provide bikes (with lights, locks, and helmets) to 4th & 5th graders at Beech Street & Gossler Park Elementary schools for students who complete the Earn-A-Bike curriculum. 

Our original, pre-COVID model was heavily volunteer-dependent and shop-focused. Last year, we pivoted to a greater reliance upon paid staff and are hoping for a blended staffing model, with a wider base of support, into the future. Our efforts to expand operations – beyond the walls of our shop – are beginning to bear fruit, with the FixIt station project, the bike community SWOT analysis, and the absorption of Bike MHT.

Job Summary:  

The Communications & Support Manager is a new and critical position for QC Bike, and will be part of the Collective’s management team, including: the acting Executive Director, the Shop Manager, and the officers of the Board of Directors. This team is responsible for overseeing the planning, administration, and execution of programming to achieve QC Bike’s mission. 

The broad goal of this position is to help QC Bike  secure a path to achieve our current and expanded work plans, in a sustainable fashion. The Communication & Support Manager will be responsible for: the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy; increasing volunteer involvement and engagement; outreach to and strengthening of collaborations with biking organizations, and the wider Manchester community; ongoing support of non-mechanical, day-to-day operations of the bike shop; exploring options for bicycle advocacy in Manchester; and assistance with identifying and securing ongoing funding. 

This position is grant funded for nine months, as a full time position. QC Bike offers a flexible work schedule and may be able to accommodate less than full time, if the goals can be met. At the end of the grant period, the organization will determine what resources are available, and needed, to meet organizational goals and plan accordingly.

Job Responsibilities:  

  1. Develop and maintain proficiency in QC Bike’s mission, vision, and current operations, and comfortably serve as spokesperson, where & when appropriate.
  2. Provide non-mechanical support for “Open Shop”, including at least two shifts of 3-4 hours/week to maintain knowledge of operations and coordinate with QC staff/team.
  3. Develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive communications strategy that: includes QC Bike’s website & online presence; enhances donor giving capabilities; and increases community awareness of organizational activities, with special focus on the rollout of the new bike repair fixit stations. 
  4. Strengthen recruitment, engagement, and coordination of volunteers, by: interviewing current and past volunteers; exploring opportunities for volunteers; and implementing volunteer onboarding. 
  5. Improve engagement in the cycling community by organizing, scheduling, and promoting group rides and other events, in coordination with other groups, as appropriate, with particular attention paid to coordinating  Bike Month activities,  in May
  6. Support the identifying and securing of ongoing funding, through: researching and writing grants; major donor cultivation (corporate, private, public); and small donor solicitation, including bike donations. 
  7. Support the Earn-a-Bike program through: donor relations; coordination with other organizations; communication strategy; and hands-on, “day-of” support. 
  8. Maintenance of shop based bookkeeping and databases.
  9. In coordination with the Board and appropriate committee(s), explore options and opportunities within the realm of bicycle advocacy, for QCBike to engage in.
  10. Other duties as determined by the management team.

Qualifications:  

Passion for QC Bike’s mission and a deep interest in working with community groups and volunteers. Must be resourceful, independent, and able to work with a team.

Associate’s degree in community organization, communications, or related field, with two years nonprofit experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  

To Apply:  

Send an expression of interest and resume to Abby Easterly, acting Executive Director, abby@qcbike.org or make a “drop-off”  appointment, here

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