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Summer Youth Programming Begins Next Week!

Summer is back, and with it, youth programming at MoBo, startin Monday June 11!

This year, in addition to our regular, drop-in Kids’ Day open shop, we will be hosting a STEM Bike Camp for teenagers. We have lots of great kids’ bikes that need new homes, and we know there’s plenty of kids’ looking to fix them up! What we need now is YOU! Volunteering during Kids’ Day is always a blast, and don’t be surprised when the kids teach the adults! Bike knowledge is helpful, but not at all required.

STEM Camp: Mondays 1-4 PM, sign-up required, teens only.

Kids’ Day: Mondays 5-8 PM, drop-in with permission slip, everyone under 16 welcome as participant, over 16 as volunteer!

No programming on Monday 7/2


Annual Plant & Bike Sale Saturday May 12

Spring has come again, and with it, our largest fundraiser of the year! Our volunteers have poured out blood, sweat, and tears preparing for this week. We have refurbished a nice selection of bikes to fit a range of riders and riding styles, and again have a variety of organic, heirloom plant starts. This year we will also offering up a small raffle of goods, including a MoBo membership and a 12′ x 12′ plot here at the Gardens at the Village Green.

Hours are 10am-1pm.

Bikes will range from $100-$350, with most coming in around $150, and have seen thorough overhauls. Most plants will be $3-6, though we also have a number of perennials that are looking for new homes as well. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, or 3 for $10.

Special thanks to community partners Red Bike, Campus Cycles, and the Garage OTR for repairing a portion of our bike offerings, and to Our Harvest Co-operative for providing additional plant starts!


End of Year Update

2017 may have had its downsides, but here at MoBo, we have had many small causes to celebrate. We helped over 100 youths fix their own bikes; most of them went away with a new ride, a new helmet, and a new set of skills. We also hosted around 100 Open Shop sessions, including a series specifically for Women, Trans, and Femme identified folk. We had our traditional rides in the Pride Parade, the Northside 4th of July Parade, and of course, multiple outing to Putz’ Dairy Whip. Our parent organization, the Village Green Foundation, broke ground on the new Food Forest, which with time and care will provide hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to be free to all to harvest.

We also have much to look forward to in 2018: keep an eye out for the return of the Winter Workshop series, film screenings, and maybe even a concert in the shop. And don’t forget to stop in, renew your membership, and put your bike up in the repair stand!

One last thing: after 9 years, we finally are able to accept donations online! If you would like to help support cycling in Cincinnati, DIY education, and sustainable gardening, then think about heading over to http://mobobicyclecoop.org/donate-money/ and making a contribution.

Thanks, and have a great New Year.


Thanksgiving Closures

We’re taking the week off! No Co-op Night tonight 11/21 or Open Shop this Wednesday 11/22 or Sunday 11/26.

Go bike off some of those Thanksgiving calories and have a good holiday!


End of Kids’ Day Race and Celebration

This Saturday, August 19th, we will celebrate another successful summer of Kids’ Day programming with our annual Kids’ Race. We will be shutting down Knowlton Street to automotive traffic as the kids put the rubber to the road and show just how fast they are on two wheels. Food, prizes, and excitement are open to all. We expect to see many of the over 100 kids have left MoBo with a new-to-them bike along with a sense of ownership, responsibility, and community this year. Click here for more the Facebook event.

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MoBo’s Kids’ Day program offers local kids the opportunity to repair, maintain, and build bicycles with one-on-one guidance from experienced mechanics. Once a week, we open our shop, its tools, and our volunteer mechanics’ expertise exclusively to the servicing of kids’ bikes. Participation in Kids’ Day is free for all youth members. Additionally, MoBo collects donated bicycles and matches them with kids who need bikes. Mechanics work with each new owner to make repairs and adjustments as necessary. Helmets are also distributed free of charge.

Community organizations and individuals have given their support through donations as well as their time and resources to enrich our youths’ experience by partnering with Kids’ Day to provide artistic, cultural, and academic activities. Partners this year included WordPlay Cincy, Civic Garden Center, Dramakinetics, Happen Inc., Tom Sparrough (The Space Painter), Mel Fickenscher, Indigo Hippo, Children’s Hospital, Spun, Groundwork Cincinnati, and Lord’s Gym.