Introducing Village Bicycle Cooperative

Allow us to introduce ourselves.  Our mission is to offer a bicycle education - based workspace, and to advocate for bicycling in a way that fosters a healthier, safer, and more sustainable community.  Although our workspace happens to be located in Bay Village, our organization is not just for Bay rresidents, but for everyone in the region.

Our education offerings this year will focus on teaching basic bicycle maintenance and safe bicycling techniques.  Class times and dates will be posted on our website as they are finalized.

In line with our mission of sustainability and education, the cooperative also repairs donated bicycles and sells them back to the community.  This keeps usable bicycles from ending up in a landfill, and at the same time  provides education opportunities for our volunteers. Of course it also allows the public to purchase low-cost bicycles that have been freshly tuned-up.   All proceeds help fund the Cooperative.

Our first year of operation was a busy one.  We were able to develop collaborative relationships with many organizations throughout the region.  We continue to seek creative, collaborative relationships with any business or organization interested in furthering bicycling in our community.

During open hours, all are welcome to see our mission in action by stopping at our workspace in the basement of the Bay Village Community House, at 303 Cahoon Rd.. There you'll learn more about our mission by talking with volunteers.  You can also view and purchase used bicycles, and you can even bring your bicycle to work on it.  Because we are 100% volunteer-operated, our workspace hours vary from week to week.  Current open hours are posted to the Open Shop tab of our website,  You may also contact us at info@villagebicycle if you have any questions, are looking to collaborate, or would like to get involved.

Jennifer Smillie

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and teacher. Beyond that I am a bicycle enthusiast on a mission to form a bicycle cooperative in Bay Village to focus on education, advocacy, outreach, and sustainability. I have met a ton of great people along the way and hope to continue to do so!

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.07.2013