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What can you do at the Bicycle Project?

Come learn how to work on and repair your bicycle.

Recommended donation of $10 per hour

  • Come Build a bicycle from our donated inventory

  • Purchase a used bicycle or used parts

  • Donate old parts and bicycles (we can provide a tax receipt)

The Way of Compassion Bicycle Project has been a volunteer-run community bicycle program since 2009 when Aaron Taylor started the Bonedale Bicycle Project in a parking lot. The original inspiration was to intervene with the bicycles that were heading to the landfill and refurbish them to be put back on the road. We recognize that these bikes are just too good to go in the trash! We believe that bicycles can provide a healthy lifestyle for individuals and communities, and bring a positive, physical, mental, and environmental impact to our local and global communities. 

Aaron is a professional bicycle mechanic who has worked in the bicycle industry for 13 years. He has been a mechanic at Acme Bicycles, The Center Bike Shop, Ajax Bike and Sport, and Aloha Mountain Cyclery. Over his years in the industry, Aaron has always incorporated the community and commuter aspect of cycling into all of the shops where he worked. Most recently, Aaron was the community projects director for Aloha Mountain Cyclery in addition to his role as a mechanic.

Aaron’s passion for commuter bicycle lifestyle grew from roots at Colorado State University where Aaron attended college and worked at the Center Bike Shop in the Lory Student Center. This bicycle shop was designed to support students with their bicycles that were so necessary as transportation. Aaron worked as a mechanic and eventually managed the shop. During his time as a mechanic there, Aaron hosted and taught commuter bicycle repair classes for students.

In 2006, Aaron began work at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), where he worked as a naturalist leading nature walks and historical ghost town tours. He also worked teaching environmental education to school-aged students in school and during the summers. In addition to these regular duties, Aaron also created a bicycle fleet for the naturalists that work for ACES each summer (upwards of 14 naturalists need bicycles for around town each summer). He continues to support and maintain this bicycle fleet today and this program planted the seeds for the Way of Compassion Bicycle Project here in the Roaring Fork Valley.