The Bicycle Resource Center (BRC) is our flagship project. This is a hands-on bicycle workshop where Chainbreaker members who have gone through one of our training programs help others get a used bike and/or learn how to repair and tune it up. Since we aren’t a service-based organization, we don’t do repairs or tune-ups in the same way that most bike shops do. At Chainbreaker, we don’t do anything for anyone. If you have a bike that you need to fix or you need a bike to ride and you can’t afford to pay for it, stop by the shop and we will guide you through the process of becoming a member and getting a bike and/or fixing it up.
If you don’t have time to work on your own bike,or you don’t want to get your hands dirty, we suggest visiting a local bike shop, or looking through classified ads and at yard sales. We can give you recommendations of places to look and what to look for.
We try to keep our limited resources open to people who honestly can’t afford to buy a new or used bike somewhere else. So if you can afford to buy a new or used bike, please do so.
If you need a bike, please come by the Shop when we are open and talk to us in person. If you have donations of bicycles, parts, tools or accessories, please bring them by the shop when the project is open.
In 2012, Chainbreaker members fought hard and won money to buy new buses and build new bike infrastructure. When a proposal to use some of that money to create a bike-share (a taxpayer subsidized bike rental) program, Chainbreaker members sprung into action. The bike-share proposal raised serious equity concerns and threatened to take money away from our already underfunded bus system.
We had a better idea. In Autumn of 2013, we won a campaign to use that money to provide free bus passes to people who get bikes and equipment from many local bike shops or through the Bicycle Resource Center.
Car-dependence keeps people poor. Transportation can take a huge chunk of working people’s income. But for too many, living car-free is out of reach. Riding a bike can be hard because most working people can’t afford to live close to town. Our bus system is underfunded and there is not enough service in most areas. Walks to and from the bus stop are sometimes far and unsafe. This program is the first step toward changing that. As long as it is funded, people in Santa Fe won’t have to choose between buying a bike or buying a bus pass.
There are two types of passes available:
- Monthly Bus Pass Rebate –
You’re eligible for a free monthly bus pass if you bought comuter or safety equipment for more than $20 at a participating store. Because this type of equipment is difficult to recycle, the Bicycle Resource Center will not be issuing receipts for rebates in this category.
- Annual Bus Pass Rebate –
You’re eligible for a free annual bus pass if you bought a new or use bike for more than $240 at a participating store or received one through the Bicycle Resource Center.
To receive your free bus pass, bring a qualifying receipt to the Santa Fe Trails Office at 2931 Rufina St. You can take the Route 2 bus and ask the driver for directions.
You can receive both a monthly and annual bus pass, but you can only receive one in each category. If you made more than one purchase with the intention of getting a rebate for someone else, please have them come with you to redeem your passes.
Did you receive a rebate? Share your story with us so we can help expand the program.
Each One Teach One
The BRC University is a popular education based skill sharing program to develop new community leaders and support the Bicycle Resource Center (BRC). Over a 10 week comprehensive course participants learn the skills to become certified mechanic instructors and help run the BRC.
This program is much more than a training program for bicycle mechanics. The BRC not only provides immediate transportation solutions for hundreds of low-income people who would otherwise be stranded, but it serves as a springboard for our larger transit justice work. BRC University graduates know the ins and outs of community organizing as well as bicycle mechanics.
The program runs through 2 cycles each year. It is free for participants, but requires a dedication to our ideal’s and ongoing commitment to share the skills received with others through the BRC.
Check out the 2016 calendar. If you are interested in participating in the next session, please check out the application call or contact us for information on how to apply.
Votante Pa’Lante is the name of our voter registration and education efforts. The Votante Pa’Lante campaign focuses on educating stake holders about legislation that will directly affect their lives and holding elected officials accountable to our community. We focus on unlikely voters in low-income communities of color that are frequently overlooked by traditional voter campaigns.
We launched Votante Pa’Lante in 2011 to help educate our members about a bond election to create the first regional park in Santa Fe’s South Side and also to expand bicycle trail connectivity throughout the city. That initial campaign was very successful. Because we know that many of our members feel so disenfranchised from the system that they rarely vote and many others are not even able to register in the first place, we continue to keep Votante Pa’Lante alive as a campaign that ebbs and flows depending on the current political climate. People are still able to register to vote at Chainbreaker and when there is an issue that will directly affect our members, you can expect to see Chainbreaker in the streets, riding buses and knocking on doors providing information about the issues and helping people register to vote.
Chainbreaker is a 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse candidates through this project.