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.
We are pleased that the OCBC is a resource valued by many different kinds of people, and a place where all can feel comfortable.
The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op does not discriminate against anyone for any reason. This includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, ethnicity, disability of any kind, religion, sexual orientation or preference, social or economic status, organizational affiliations or political inclination, transportation preferences, and choice of drivetrain.
We require that everyone who visits us understands and observes our basic values, “the three R’s”
- Respect (treating others the way you want to be treated)
- Resourcefulness (making the most of everything you have to work with)
- Reciprocity (getting benefit in relation to the effort you give).
Besides expecting simple manners, this means we cannot accommodate visitors who are drunk or otherwise impaired so as to be careless, unsafe or offensive; or whose purpose for visiting is not related to our mission to “Help people use bicycles.”
We appreciate everyone’s effort to make OCBC a friendly, helpful, safe, and comfortable environment.