Help Us Give Away Free Bikes

This post was authored by Erika Rasmussen.


The SF Bicycle Coalition runs our Bike it Forwards program to provide free bicycles to communities who need them. We receive donations of reclaimed bikes from the San Francisco Police Department and other organizations all around the Bay Area, and make them road-ready for happy new owners.

But we’re running into a strange problem, and that’s where you come in: We don’t have enough community partners connecting us with people who need bikes.

Do you know of a community-based organization working with folks who could use access to the freedom and affordable transportation offered by biking? Neighborhoods in which we are very keen on running the program include the Tenderloin, Chinatown, the Bayview and Visitacion Valley, but that doesn’t mean we can’t provide bikes for communities outside of those areas.

With transportation the second-highest household expense in San Francisco, our work delivering bikes to those who need them has never been more important. If you know of any organizations who are interested in hosting a build and willing to spend five hours with the SF Bicycle Coalition Bike it Forwards staff, please email Francisco Grajales at

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