Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

Marmots' Meander 2016

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Written by Jim Sheehan
Wednesday, 14 January 2009 22:07

The 14th Annual Marmots' Meander will replace our Social ride this month and go on a bit later than noon so everyone has time to try out the fat bikes, Bike-Skis, studded snow tires, and various sliding devices we'll be taking out to our neighborhood sledding hill.

 On January 30th, we'll meet at OCBC after 11am; the ride leaves around 12pm.  Lunch* will be back at OCBC from 1pm to 3pm.  This event is free (donations appreciated!), but please register here so we can plan for food and ride route leaders.

For a change this year we'll ride through Ohio City to the Edgewater Park sledding hill; stay for sledding and ski-biking. On the way back we'll be stopping at HEDGE Gallery at 78th Street Studios as part of FANDOM 216The route is about 7 mi. total**.

Helmets are required (loaners available), and mountain bikes (or those new fat bikes!) are recommended (a limited number are available for rent, or for loan to members who clean and tune them up afterwards). Bring any sleds, skis or snowboards you can carry (some loaners will be provided, and transported). Try out the newest Ski-Bike -- a ski that straps onto any bike's front tire. Studded snow tires from OCBC's library are also available to try out.  Bike-washing equipment and shop stands for drying and re-lubing will be available after the ride.

If there is snow (or just wet, salty roads) and you don’t want to crud up your nice bike, you can also reserve a rental bike – ready to accept a bike-ski, if you are feeling adventurous -- just email info@ohiocitycycles.org.

If there is no snow we'll just ride on, following the Lakefront Bikeway west.

 Snow or no snow: you can still join the fun at the co-op after 1pm for chili, camaraderie, and maybe even a bike-ski test ride, snow permitting.

*Hot Cider and Cocoa will be provided at the sledding hill; lunch is vegan Chili with meat and dairy on the side. Potluck side dishes and your own beverages are welcome!

** Some members will be carrying tools along, but this is an unsupported ride. Bring a lock if your bike will be unattended.

This event is free and open to all, but of course donations are always appreciated to pay for food and heat, and to help fund our year-round bicycle education work.  Please register on our events registration page.

See Pictures from last year's ride here!


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2016 15:04 )

Strategic Plan Executive Summary

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Written by Jim Sheehan
Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:31

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op 2015 Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

 

Background

The original strategy that inspired OCBC’s formation grew from a “service project” of Cleveland’s first bike advocacy organization in the 1990’s.  In a cycling culture dominated by a handful of suburban clubs, whose members seemed solely focused on recreational cycling and leery of joining political battles in an entrenched car culture, this fledgling group settled on a strategy that was then gaining national attention; an Earn A Bike program for disadvantaged kids.  The goal was to involve seasoned cyclists directly in teaching bicycle “literacy” skills to those who could benefit most – while building a broader constituency for the long haul.

That effort was realized in 1996 with three volunteers leading a summer-long program for an East Cleveland youth group, where 30 teens learned bike mechanics by helping to repair used bikes which they earned (with new locks and helmets) by practicing safe-cycling in a series of neighborhood rides.

In 2000, these three joined with a dozen or so others to form a more sustainable organization, listing a host of educational models from elsewhere that would satisfy their working goal to “help people use bikes” – without straying into the traditional roles of an “advocacy” group. With the Earn A Bike program at its core, over the next several years the co-op incorporated, earned its 501c3 status, and grew “organically” (that is, with dedicated volunteers and donors, but a tiny budget and no professional management) into a wide array of empty market niches with earned-income potential, but with little outside funding.

In 2010 OCBC moved from a (literal) tin shack into a large, efficient building with loading docks, ample storage, and a stable lease. This was a huge stretch, but a much-needed investment to capitalize on the many hundreds of bikes and thousands of volunteer hours now being donated each year.  To make the most of this new asset – and our work with a burgeoning number of community groups, including our new advocacy partners at Bike Cleveland – we recognized that Cleveland’s rapidly changing cycling culture signaled the time had finally come to focus our work closely on what we do best; and how to do it bigger, better, and truly sustainably, for maximum impact in the near term as well as over the long haul.

Thanks to the George Gund Foundation’s funding of a very perceptive consultant, and a great deal of work by our small staff and highly engaged Board of Directors, this Strategic Plan represents several months of critical attention to every aspect of OCBC’s work; where our greatest value for the community lies; and the new – and welcome – demographic and cultural changes affecting the growing markets in which we operate.

We have already begun implementing many of the recommendations found here, in a cascade of changes that promise real efficiencies: expanding shop-use fully to the general public facilitated selling some bikes “as-is,” which added impetus to make repair classes more hands-on, requiring updated volunteer and shop-use training documentation, and necessitating closer attention to internal shop work-flow.  

All of these changes were facilitated by the major, transformative decision to no longer identify the co-op as a “membership organization.” We are an open, community resource; welcoming to anyone who observes our principles of Respect, Resourcefulness, and Reciprocity; and serving the public with a full range of educational programs and services to “help people use bikes.”



 Strategies, 2015 - 2017:

1.       Evaluate, focus, strengthen, develop, and grow our education programs.

2.       Prioritize, refine, and concentrate our focus on refurbishing bicycles.

3.       Recruit, educate, retain and develop volunteers in all our programs.

4.       Increase awareness and support for OCBC, its mission, and its programs.

5.       Build an organizational structure with excellent management and governance.

 

Action Plans will be developed annually by Committees and staff, and approved with the annual budget, to guide and measure our work.

 

Project Selection Criteria

The range of projects that OCBC has carried out in the past is significant. However, our limited resources will require prioritization of activities, guided by these criteria:

 

·         Mission Relevance - All projects will accomplish the goals of our mission statement and strategic plan.

·         Expertise - OCBC can do this better than anyone else in the area.

·         Community Need - There is a clear community need that we can address.


·         Financial Viability - The community is willing to financially support the project.

 

Membership

The membership program has caused confusion and created the false perception of exclusivity. With careful consideration, it was decided to eliminate this program.  The board will develop a donor and volunteer “thank you” program to retain some of the benefits of membership. Current membership benefits will be phased out over 2015.

 

Committee Structure

Executive Committee (Four officers chaired by the President.)

·         Acts on behalf of the board as authorized between meetings

·         Serves as Personnel and Finance Committee

·         Manages process to complete an annual budget, work plan, dashboard

·         Conducts the annual audit/provides regular budget monitoring/reports to Board

 

Governance Committee (Chaired by the Vice President.)

·         Manages the nominating process

·         Conducts new board member recruitment and orientation

·         Ensures that all governing documents are kept current

·         Ensures Board demonstrates leadership with 100% contributing/soliciting

 

Education Committee

·         Ensures appropriate curriculum and class schedule

 

Refurbishing Committee

·         Oversees shop use and work-flow management of donated bikes and other materials

 

Volunteer/Community Engagement Committee

·         Builds and manages the Volunteer Corps and the Key Volunteer group

·         Organizes social and community events

 

Resource Development Committee

·         Maintains and implements the Marketing Plan

·         Oversees the Annual Report, Newsletter and Website

·         Maintains and implements the Development Plan

·         Coordinates and supports database development



Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op (OCBC) is to promote the use of bicycles in greater Cleveland and engage area youth and adults in cycling activities that foster independence, resourcefulness and good health. ”The OCBC works to accomplish this by offering safe cycling and bike repair education, Earn A Bike programs, and a consumer's cooperative bike shop; by providing dependable used bikes and accessories; and by producing cycling events and tours that impart skills while encouraging riding for fun, fitness and practical transportation.”  (as filed in 2003 Articles of Incorporation)

 

 

Working Mission Statement:  Help people use bicycles.

 

This means:

(Help)  

We offer and impart the knowledge, provide the space, tools, and parts, and create a safe atmosphere;

(People)

for anyone, from any background, in our facility and elsewhere with community partners;

(Use)

to ride, maintain, repair, and equip for transportation, recreation, fitness, work, and other purposes;

(Bicycles)

any human-powered vehicle that can be made to operate safely for its intended purpose.

 

Guiding Principles

 

Respect

·         welcoming, inclusive, non-judgmental, tolerant of all diversity

·         fun, relaxed, calm, easy-going, respectable,

·         transparent, simple, understandable

·         honest, fair, principled, responsible

 

Resourcefulness

·         efficient, hard-working, effective,

·         safe, nurturing, rewarding

·         organized, deliberate, adaptable

·         mindful of time constraints

·         minimizing waste of materials and other resources

·         using tools correctly, therefore safely and efficiently

 

Reciprocity

·         results-oriented, evidence-based, scientific

·         confident, appreciative, generous, supportive, flexible

·         helpful, sharing, active, responsive

·         pricing and compensating fairly


 




Proposed Budget


 

Actual

Proposed

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Income from Services

11,386

22,181

20,500

24,000

26,000

Shop Income

69,193

100,157

102,500

117,000

122,000

Donations/Grants

58,133

57,987

81,500

65,000

70,000





 

 

Total Income

138,712

180,325

210,500

206,000

218,000

Total COGS

11,607

15,803

17,750

20,000

22,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROSS PROFIT

127,105

164,522

192,750

186,000

196,000

TOTAL OVERHEAD

49,459

49,902

53,951

55,500

57,750

TOTAL PAYROLL EXPENSES

83,191

93,049

138,627

125,000

131,000

NET INCOME/(LOSS)

(5,545)

21,571

172

5,500

7,250


 

 












OCBC Board of Directors

(as of plan adoption, 20 July, 02015)

*Krissie Wells – President

*Michael Hudecek – Vice President

*Marty Vanderkaar – Treasurer

Ashley Shaw - Secretary

Keely Andrews

*Jill Davis

*Matt Libbey

*John Mikolich

John McGovern

David Rivera

*Peggy Sands

*Kath Sonnhalter

Phil Teare 

Staff

*Jim Sheehan – Executive Director

*Joshua Goran – Administrator

Al Baron - Mechanic

Erin Costello – Volunteer Coordinator

(* members of the Strategic Planning Task Force)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:40 )

OCBC hiring

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Written by Jim Sheehan
Monday, 07 October 2013 15:47

OCBC is seeking an experienced bicycle mechanic to help teach and train volunteers in bike repair and assist shop users with their own repairs, as provided for in a recently-awarded grant from the Jochum-Moll Foundation for a half-time position. This position will require all the skills needed in a small retail bike shop; plus teaching experience and/or education, or significant training and experience in other one-on-one or small-group instruction setting(s).  Pay will be commensurate with experience, but competitive with retail bike shop work, with flextime for holidays and full health coverage.  Hours required are our posted Retail and Apprentice times.

Depending on the skills of qualified applicants, some duties may be added, for a full-time position.

Anyone with the required skills; tolerance, perseverance, and equanimity; and a sustained commitment to be a beneficial difference in the world is encouraged to email a cover letter to info@ohiocitycycles.org with "APPLICATION" in the subject line and a current resume of pertinent experience attached.

Applications will be considered according to our non-discrimination policy (we don’t, for any reason), and the position(s) will be open until filled, hopefully by Oct. 20th.  All applications will be acknowledged within 48 hours, and all candidates will be notified of our hiring decision when completed.

Jim Sheehan
Director, Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
1840 Columbus Rd
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216 830 2667
OhioCityCycles.org


Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:39 )