Bike Kitchen Profile

Bike Kitchen Profile

Bike Kitchen

The Lincoln Bike Kitchen and its volunteers are fulfilling an important role in the city -- providing low-income individuals with an option to get around. 

The Bike Kitchen is an all-volunteer collective that promotes bicycling and all related resources to all people. In addition to providing no-cost bicycle repairs, they also have amazing programs to get bikes into the hands of people who need them. In 2018, they gave away 746 bikes to lower-income individuals -- 550 of those were to children.

"People don't think of transportation as being the fourth leg of poverty," Christine Cerny, president of the Bike Kitchen said. "People work really hard about getting people housing, getting them food and making sure they have jobs but they've got to get to that job."

"Our internal transportation in the city doesn't always go that last mile," Cerny said. "Being able to provide individuals the tools that we can provide them -- whether that be a bike or repairs -- I think that's huge"

They also do their part to help the environment. In 2018, they scrapped 38,000 pounds worth of bikes and kept them out of the landfill.

The Bike Kitchen has been an establishment in Lincoln for 10 years. The fact that they've been able to do that entirely with volunteers is a testament to their success and value to the community.

Learn more about the Bike Kitchen and how you can volunteer or donate.