Mission and purpose
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.
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. 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 our board approved this “working mission statement” to describe what we do:
We help people use bicycles.
Our Board of Directors
Theresa Augustin – President
Theresa is an active member of the Northeast Ohio cycling community and excited to contribute to Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. She is a 3rd year teammate of Stelleri Performance Training, an all-female bicycle race team; a founding member of BADASS (Bicycling and Diversity Alliance, Safe Space), commuter and thru-cyclist. A native to Akron, she enjoys riding around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As a software project manager, she is excited to lend her skills to Ohio City Bicycle Co-op and the Northeast Ohio cycling community to encourage unity amongst diverse ridership, independence in transportation, and environmentally-sustainable practices.
Andrew Kinnen – Vice President
A life long cyclist, Andrew retired after 30+ years at Sherwin-WIlliams and is now spending his time volunteering with a variety of community organizations. At SW Andrew leveraged his Business Management degree from Ohio State and progressed through a diverse series of roles in Sales, Sales Management, Marketing, New Product Development and retired as a Senior Director of Marketing. Strictly a road biker, Andrew is glad to get more involved with the cycling community in NE Ohio.
David Hull – Treasurer
David grew up in a cycling family in England and have been around bikes as long as he can remember. His parents and grandparents were club cyclists and raced time trials in the 1940s-60s. After retiring from a career in financial services, in IT and operations management roles, David was looking for a way to give back to the community while doing something that he enjoys. Volunteering at OCBC enables David to support a valuable community resource while learning useful skills. Doing this in a way that encourages cycling in Cleveland and provides affordable transportation to those who have limited resources gives added meaning to the work.
Rick Andersen – Secretary
- Retired engineer working in manufacturing areas making Energizer/Eveready batteries. Specialized in machine and process automation and controls for manufacturing facilities worldwide.
- Enjoy biking in various forms including endurance rides, mountain biking, and recently have started bike touring. ( I also enjoy skiing, sailing, and canoeing)
- also enjoy working on the vehicles of my pleasure, i.e. also enjoy wooden boat woodworking, have built several canoes, and enjoy working on bikes.
- excited to be involved with the OCBC both from a selfish aspect (learning), and potential to contribute and offer his version of trying to “give back” to the community to which he has spent his life.
- Has been having fun participating in Fixathons, working on bikes at the Coop, and getting to meet the various people that all enjoy the coop in various ways.
McKenzae Bartels is the Resource Development Manager at The Literacy Cooperative. Prior she was in development at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. She is a graduate from John Carroll University, Bachelors ’14, Masters ’15. McKenzae is an avid road cyclist, traveler and sourdough baker. She is passionate about making Cleveland a better place through her work in the non-profit community.
Ata A. Adeel
Ata moved to Cleveland in 2007 to attend Case Western Reserve University. He graduated with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Economics (’12) and a Masters in Civil Engineering (’13) and then a Masters in Urban Planning from Cleveland State University (’16). He is most interested in economic and
environmental resilience and equity, sustainable development, and multimodal transportation. He currently works for the City of Cleveland as a Project Manager for trail and park projects, such as the Towpath Trail.
Joe is an engineer by day and a part-time basement bike mechanic by night. Over the years he has scavenged parts, built new and used equipment, ridden for fun and transport and aided friends and family with repair and maintenance, but for many years it was just a side-interest. Then in 2018 he was in an accident that made standing and walking difficult. The recovery was relatively quick & he is very lucky to be as healthy as he is, but the experience pushed him to work hard to be mobile. He remember the first thing he did after he was able to move around with crutches was to teeter precariously in the garage and build up a suitable road-bike. Soon, he was back in the saddle & able to enjoy the freedom that he had craved so much. The experience rejuvenated his passion for cycling but more importantly forced him to see the value it can bring to everyone on two wheels. A bike is not only a way to get around; it’s a road to recovery, a means of self-expression & ultimately, it’s independence.
Julia Ferra realized her love for volunteering at the age of 8 when she began helping at a soup kitchen on Cleveland’s west side and later traveled to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Julia is a graduate of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. She worked as the Neighborhood Associations Development Intern at Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation while she was a senior at CSU. Following graduation, she moved to San Francisco to work as a Volunteer Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program and was placed at a nonprofit serving those experiencing homelessness in the city. Julia currently manages the Graduate Support Program at the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program in Cleveland.
A bike addict since he was six. Raced in college, and he and his wife bike-toured a lot afterwards. They’ve belonged to touring and advocacy groups everywhere they’ve lived since then. They are also long-time tandem enthusiasts. Harvey developed and taught a successful adult bike overhaul course, and has done all his own bike overhauls and maintenance for decades, some frame repairs, and built my current road frame (vintage steel). Volunteering at OCBC allows Harvey to share what he’s learned and to help build a better community.
Ken is a former City Councilman and Chief Information Officer for a local government agency. He is a Resourceful leader that thrives on challenges and the opportunity to make a difference due to his strong community background in providing services. After a serious life-threatening medical
condition, Ken returned to biking, (rode over 10,000 miles in 2 years as a teenager) specifically recumbent triking, to assist in recovery and to get more physical exercise. Ken is excited to volunteer and work with all the dedicated people at OCBC.