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!

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 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.”

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