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Fall 2021 Updates

Fall 2021 Updates

We hope you’re all doing well as we transition into colder weather! Upcoming Holiday Hours: We are closed for Thanksgiving; Wednesday the 24th through Sunday the 28th of November. Normal hours will resume starting Monday, November 29. COVID Safety: We have an important announcement. As we move Open Shop inside for the winter we are extending our vaccination […]

Halloween Fun Ride

Halloween Fun Ride

To celebrate Halloween and enjoy the pleasant weather, several collective members, volunteers, and community members took a ride through the Rogers Park, Edgewater, and Uptown neighborhoods. We stopped by a few cemeteries and visited a few folks along the way, including our friends from the P.O. Box Collective and a final stop at R Public […]

ReStarting to ReOpen the ReCyclery

We have missed our community, we have missed wrenching on your bikes, and we miss you. As Illinois enters the Bridge Phase and comes out of this pandemic, we are actively working on reopening our programs. Keep your eyes on this space for announcements about our programs going forward. We are encourage all of our […]

Tailwind For Tools 2021!

Tailwind For Tools 2021!

This year is our 15th year since we opened in an Evanston Basement.  It was a very different year, but we are still committed to our community. In 2020, we distributed 151 Freecyclery Bike. We installed a new bike corral on Paulina. We beautified potholes with mosaic art across Rogers Park. In celebration of all that […]

About The Recyclery

Our Mission

The Recyclery Collective is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills, and opportunities for collaboration.

Our Vision

We envision a diverse, resilient neighborhood filled with knowledgeable, self-reliant cyclists.

Our Values

  • Collaboration: We create opportunities for people of all backgrounds to work, share, and learn together to support a practical form of transportation.

  • Social Justice: We provide tools and resources to empower underserved populations and nurture community leaders.

  • Ecological Sustainability: We encourage the mindful use of resources and promote cycling as a part of building more resilient communities.

  • Celebrating Everything We Do: We like to have fun while working hard to make bicycles and mechanics accessible.

Our Structure

The Recyclery is a 501c3 non-profit. All major decisions are made by a quorum of collective members at a twice-a-month meeting. Decisions are made by consensus and the collective is open to anyone willing to put in the time and effort to fulfill collective entry requirements. A few staff members are paid for administrative tasks, fixing bikes for sale, and teaching classes. Regular volunteers fix bikes that we give away and help during Open Shop.

Our Support

The Recyclery is grateful for all the support we receive from the wider community. We’d especially like to thank the Evanston Bicycle Club, Evanston Community Foundation, Reba Place Fellowship, and all of our bike-loving friends: