On a Bike & Build Community Ride, participants hop on a bike and ride throughout their city to meet with housing leaders and changemakers. They’ll learn about the challenges their city faces, affordable housing victories, and how they can get involved.
Homestead Community Land Trust preserves and advances access to permanently affordable homeownership as a means to create thriving, equitable and inclusive communities. Partnering with modest income households (who earned less than 80% area median income), they have created the largest portfolio of permanently affordable homes in Washington State.
Mary’s Place provides safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness.
The BLOCK Project builds fully equipped, healthy homes for people experiencing homelessness. BLOCK Homes are permitted and placed in homeowners’ backyards throughout Seattle. This model gives residents a place to call home and our communities around the city an opportunity to make a real difference in supporting Seattle’s unhoused neighbors and addressing the issue of homelessness together.
COVID Protocol: Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.
8 hours, 10-20 miles
9 AM: Group meets at South Lake Union Park for “Route Meeting” to review the day’s partners, a general route overview, and safety protocols for the ride.
10 – 10:30 AM: Ride 2 miles to meet with the Mary’s Place
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Learn from Mary’s Place about their work
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Ride to Lunch
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Eat!
1:00 – 1:30 PM: Ride 2 miles to meet with Homestead Community Land Trust
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Hear from Homestead Community Land Trust about their work
2:30 – 3 PM: Ride 2-3 miles to meet with The BLOCK Project
3 – 4:00 PM: Hear from The BLOCK Project about their work
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Group discussion and reflection about the day, highlights & takeaways
5 PM: Goodbye!
Community Rides FAQ
Your $50 fee for this ride can be considered a donation to Bike & Build so we can continue designing and implementing an array of programming to impact affordable housing and engage people in the cause. In addition, the funds will enable Bike & Build to work with a Ride Coordinator to:
- Organize cycling safety basics trainings
- Coordinate with local affordable housing organizations
- Provide lunch
- Secure sufficient insurance coverage for the ride
Everyone is welcome to BYOBike, but if you don’t have one then you have a few options.
- Bike & Build will work with your Ride Coordinator to communicate with local bike shops about potential rentals
- Bike share! Most cities have bike share options (Citibike, Indego, Lyft, etc) that are likely suitable for these rides.
If you want to participate, Bike & Build will work with you to make sure you have the wheels to get you through the ride.
These rides will range from 10-25 miles and last about 6-8 hours. Each ride will include meetings with housing-related groups in your community, lunch stops, and water breaks. We’ll be giving you the tools to make sure you have a safe and impactful experience with us including cycling safety trainings, urban riding basics and assistance with finding a bike (if needed).
Safety is our biggest priority whether it’s on the bike, on a build site, or however you are participating in our programs.
Bike & Build will ensure that all Community Ride participants, leaders, and organizational partners follow updated CDC guidelines to mitigate the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide up to date details for all of our participants and partners.