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BICAS is so much to so many different people. Most importantly it’s about bikes.
And we love bikes. It’s also an education center and not a traditional bike shop. We at El Tour love that because it’s about education through bicycles.
First, BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) is a worker self-directed nonprofit 501(c)(3) bicycle center, which relies on generous donations from the Tucson community, and responsible stewardship of those donations, BICAS is able to provide a variety of programs to learn how to fix a bicycle, earn a bicycle, create unique art from recycled materials, and provide programs specifically targeted towards youth. BICAS believes in bicycles and other human-powered machines as essential vehicles for transportation justice, and we are always striving to make them more accessible to our community.
Through advocacy and bicycle salvage, our mission is to participate in affordable bicycle transportation, education, and creative recycling with our greater Tucson community.
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BICAS is committed to…
- Creating a space where support/acomedido can flourish
- Creating an environment that is inclusive and accessible, where we can engage in mutual learning and growth
- Welcoming all sorts of voices and stories that help shape a sense of belonging and connection
- Supporting one another through a Do-It-Yourself/Do-It-Together model of knowledge sharing
- Cultivating confidence and competence by providing new experiences and opportunities through which we can be vulnerable, take risks, make mistakes and learn from them
- Using bicycle maintenance as a vehicle for self-determination and personal growth
- Reusing/recycling old bike parts to build affordable bikes, reimagine everyday objects, and create art
- Investing in un futuro with clean, healthy, reliable transportation which does not harm the environment
- Viewing every member of our community as a teacher who can share their skills and create more teachers
- Working towards a more equitable future by listening to the needs of our community
- Recognizing and responding to structures which oppress, disrespect, or invisibilize members of our community
- Holding ourselves accountable by striving for anti-oppressive spaces and transformative practices in our collective, in our shop, and in our community
- Welcoming all people to bicycle riding, mechanics, and art-making, while acknowledging obstacles individuals may be facing
- Generating opportunities for community members of all identities to develop skills that meet their needs
- Ensuring that all individuals can access their right to a sustainable form of transportation
- Collaborating as a group of equals, building a space of open dialogue
- Practicing a consensus model of decision making where all voices are recognized by proposing and not imposing
- Prioritizing the needs of the group over the needs of the individual to draw us closer to the needs of the community.
- To learn more about BICAS visit https://bicas.org/.