Fix-a-Flat Friday

Join us for our first Fix-a-Flat Friday on Friday, May 7, 2021, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Fix-It Station in Bronstein Park!

We’ll be giving away lights and tubes, fixing flats and saying hi.

Roll on through!

Who: QC Bike

What: Holding our first Fix-a-Flat Friday

Where: Bronstein Park Fix-It Station

When: Friday, May 7, 2021 from 4 – 6 PM

Why: ‘Cuz it’s Bike Month!!!

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

Ribbon Cutting for First Fixit Bike Repair Station

Manchester, NH – On Friday, December 18th at 12:00 noon, Queen City Bicycle Collective and the City of Manchester Parks and Recreation Division will cut the ribbon on a Fixit public bike repair station in Bronstein Park. The Fixit station — funded through a grant from the Granite State Wheelers — will allow cyclists in Manchester to make minor bike repairs on the go.

“Bikes are a vital mode of transportation for many people in Manchester, and this Fixit station will help keep them riding, safely and affordably,” said Abby Easterly, Executive Director of Queen City Bike Collective (QC Bike). “We’re grateful for the generosity of the Granite State Wheelers, and the commitment of our partners at Bike Manchester and Manchester Parks and Recreation to keeping Manchester rolling.”

The Fixit station will provide a selection of basic tools and an air pump, which can be used to make minor, necessary repairs. This is the first Fixit station installed in Manchester, but the plan will be expanded in 2021 with secured funding. QC Bike plans to have additional stations installed, and provide revolving, do-it-together clinics at the various locations.

QC Bike continues to work to make biking safer and more convenient for people who live, learn, or work in Manchester. They are currently studying bike infrastructure use, areas of need, and room for potential growth, throughout the Queen City.

“With the installation of this new Fixit station, cyclists in our city will be able to make quick repairs on the go,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Thanks to the work of QC Bike Collective, the Manchester Parks and Recreation Division and the generosity of Granite State Wheelers we’re continuing to make Manchester a more bike-friendly community.”

“We have a real opportunity to improve bike riding in Manchester, both for people who rely on their bikes to commute year-round, and people who want to bike more for health or recreation,” Easterly added. “By increasing access to bike infrastructure, and providing resources to keep bikes rolling, we will be able to reduce our collective carbon footprint, improve access to transportation for people who cannot afford a car, cut the resources we need to spend on our road network, and improve the overall health of our community.”

Bike Light Distribution

Keeping Manchester, NH, Bicycle Community “Bright, Seen, and Safe”

Queen City Bicycle Collective is giving away LED light sets as part of its Wrench-a-Thon 2019 work marathon

Manchester, NH – November 27, 2019 – Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike; Manchester, NH) is giving away light sets for bicycle safety illumination. “We want to keep our community bright, seen, and safe,” says Tyler Glodt, Shop Manager. Conforming to New Hampshire requirements for after-dark bicycling, these light sets consist of a white light for the front of the bike and a red one for the rear. The lights come with long-lasting batteries, which can later be replaced for free at QC Bike on 35 Elm St., Manchester, NH. Light sets are available at the shop, and at the Manchester City Library, both the main and west branches, during open hours. Ask for these lights at the Information Desk at the library. Light sets will be available until the supply runs out. Donations are welcome and can extend the supply of lights..

Wrench-a-Thon is a dedicated work marathon across three days at QC Bike. Held annually, the goal is to refurbish bikes for QC Bike’s Earn-a-Bike program. This third annual event will be held across 28 hours between December 6 and 8, 2019. Wrench-a-Thon is open to any and all volunteers and supporters – no mechanical experience required – though many who attend already have some bike-repair experience. “These people have rolled up their sleeves and have ‘wrenched’ with us or helped us in other ways,” says Kyle Winters, QC Bike Board member. “People are the cogs that keep QC Bike rolling, and we’d love for you to help us in this year’s Wrench-A-Thon.” Volunteers often register for one or more 3-hour shifts. Shifts are loosely structured. Refreshments, including home-baked cookies and coffee, will be provided. Sign-up using the calendar tab at the QC Bike website, https://qcbike.org/calendar/, or just show up at the shop at 35 Elm St., Manchester, NH, Friday, December 6, 1:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Saturday, December 7, 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.; or Sunday, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

QC Bike’s Earn-a-Bike program provides two Manchester schools with about 120 bike, helmet, lights, and lock packages to students as awards for academic and leadership excellence. These are refurbished bikes supported by grants and donations from QC Bike community partners.

About QC Bike Collective

Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike) is now a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, community bike shop. The shop’s mission is to help Manchester-area residents ride safe and affordable bikes, and gain the skills to repair and maintain them. Think of QC Bike as an affordable do-it-yourself bike repair – and sales – shop. Bikes donated by individuals and community partners are cleaned and refurbished for sale and for the Collective’s Earn-a-Bike program. What cannot be refurbished is dismantled and the constituent components reused or recycled. Excess stock of bikes and parts are shared with other nonprofit groups. Nothing goes to waste.

 

Wrench-a-Thon 2019

Message from Kyle Winters

When? Dec 6th-8th

We made it! Dec 6th-8th marks our 3rd annual Wrench-A-Thon! If you are reading this, then you are the Collective. You’ve rolled up your sleeves and wrenched with us or helped in other ways. People like you are the cogs (get it?) that keep the Collective rolling (get it, again?), and we’d love for you help us with this year’s Wrench-A-Thon. The truth is, as we have been so fortunate to grow the number of people we serve, we need your help more than ever.

What is it? 

The Collective’s volunteers, like you and me, put in 24 (28?!) hours of work in closed shop over the course of three days. Volunteers often register for one or more 3-hour shifts.  More importantly, it’s a wonderful weekend of greasy bike refurbishment, gallons of Gojo, home-baked cookies, coffee, Tyler in a silly hat, and one shared effort to continue building community in Manchester.

The details:

Sign-ups can be found here

Shifts are loosely structured, so if they don’t line up perfectly with your availability, no sweat, just pick one that is close. Don’t want to click the link? Just let us know a time, and we will mark you down.

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