Founded on a need for meaningful work, community building and the creation of transportation, Betty’s got a humble start in a college-housing backyard. The first mechanics were roommates and early customers were usually classmates or passersby on Colchester Avenue. To us, meaningful work is work that not only enriches our own lives, but that also has a positive impact on our larger community and environment as a whole.
We are excited to work within our community to promote your health, solve your transportation needs and encourage the care of our planet. Whether you are looking for a place to buy a bike, get a repair done or to donate your time or your old bike, we would love to have you. With the continued support of other community based organizations and agencies, we look forward to assisting our community with affordable transportation well into the future.
From the past, and into the future
Now in our third year, we have accomplished several things…
We have developed a striving volunteer base, a word of mouth neighborhood interest, and have cultivated a group of customer advocates who cooperate with us in numerous ways. We have also have trained 12 apprentices, and have fielded numerous referrals from both non-profit and profit alike. Looking to the future, we hope to provide even more quality transportation to our community while giving a friendly face to biking as a culture and a choice. Our partnerships are a top priority and we are excited to continue to serve our community in cooperation with other non-profits, schools, and our local police. We also will continue to offer volunteer based and training programs to help participants of Voc. Rehab and the Abawd program of the department of families and children . This year, we hope to expand the apprenticeship program to three sessions per year, with the addition of a summer class. In addition, we offer a community space called Betty’s Books that is appropriate for meetings, workshops or just waiting for your bike and reading! We hope to see you soon!