Started in March 1998, the B-A-B project was first housed in The Evergreen State College bike shop, then temporary space at the 'old' Madison Elementary school, next we acquired the use of a workshop in the garage of a private residence northeast of Ralph’s Thriftway, and finally we have arrived at our present location - 2602 18th Avenue SE, behind the Pit Stop grocery on Boulevard Rd.
During our years of community involvement, we have given away over 3,000 bikes; most of those have found homes locally. The rest have been shipped around the world through connections with individuals and groups (including Bike Works, Seattle; Lakewood Kiwanis; the Olympia Union Gospel Mission; Bikes for Togo; Caleb Ministries, Seattle; and The Evergreen State College bike shop). We have sent bikes to Togo, Ghana, Latvia, Romania, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. And one bike to Ireland.
This truly is a community project. Were it not for continuing support from the community, this project would cease to exist. We are grateful for support from:
- Bike Tech,
- Les Scwabb Tires,
- Midway Recycling,
- Intercity Transit,
- Olympia Police Department,
- Washington Traffic Safety Commission,
- www.oly-wa.us, and
- indivdual donors.
We welcome donations of bikes, time, money and ideas. The Build-a-Bike shop is every Sunday from noon to 4pm.