OCBC is a non-profit, volunteer-driven cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public shop use, advice, and assistance.
Mission and purpose
The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op was founded with bicycle education as its primary activity, with the purpose of increasing bicycle use, as reflected in its incorporation filing:
“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.”
In 2006 the OCBC trustees approved this “working mission statement” to describe what we do:
Help people use bicycles.
Beginning in 2001 with two organizers and a handful of committed volunteers, OCBC has grown from a small program conducting Earn A Bike classes into a robust resource for bike education in the Cleveland community. Read more about our history.
Non-Discrimination and safer spaces Policy
OCBC is a bustling, community space, with people from all walks of life volunteering, shopping, and working on their own bikes. To ensure that everyone has a positive, worthwhile experience, we ask everyone to follow our most basic rules, or “The three Rs”.
- Respect (treating others with decency)
- Resourcefulness (not wasting anything, including time)
- Reciprocity (getting out what you put in).
We realize that within that broad range there will be instances that fall in grey areas based on your personal perception of others’ personal understandings of basic courtesy.
We expect that, in difficult situations, you will make a sincere effort in the spirit or our understanding of respect as “treating anyone as you would wish to be treated if you were in their place”. This is different than “what you would do in the same situation” — and a higher standard — as it asks you to consider factors that you may have little knowledge of, in considering why they may react to what may seem (to you) reasonable direction.
As long as there is no danger of physical harm, please take the time to de-escalate any difficult situation and defer to staff for mediation or other action.
Additionally, everyone entering the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op is asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, sexist, ageist, trans-phobic, or for using any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.
By entering the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, and/or participating in the activities of the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, you agree to abide by these guidelines.
We welcome the continuing discussion about and improvement of this policy.
We appreciate everyone’s effort to make OCBC a friendly, helpful, safe, and comfortable environment.