The Mobile Bike Repair program trains and employs youth to repair bikes for free in under served communities of Milwaukee. We practice what we preach by providing this service via electric cargo bikes that bring tools and supplies directly to community centers like libraries and parks.
2021 Training and Employment Oppotunities
We are currently looking for young adults to train, employ, and empower through our Mobile Repair Programs. Application period is now open with rolling interviews. Click the red buttons for full details of job openings.
The Repair Stand Ambassador reports to the Lead Mechanic and oversees the new bike repair station and related programming in Tiefenthaler Park. They are trained on repair basics by the Lead Mechanic and expected to work mostly independently for much of the summer, with remote support provided as needed. In coordination with the Lead Mechanic, they work to activate the station by developing and hosting a calendar of events at its location, committing to a multi-day weekly schedule for which they are primarily responsible for the duration of the employment term. This may include workshops on basic bike maintenance, attended hours where they monitor and assist community members in performing their own repairs at the stand, and distribution of safety equipment and literature
The Assistant Mechanic reports to and works under supervision of the Lead Mechanic, performing job duties both independently and in tandem with other Assistant Mechanics. They help diagnose bikes’ mechanical problems, perform necessary maintenance and repairs for community members, and collect demographic information from those seeking services from the repair team.
Ready to apply for either position? You can fill out this Google Form and our staff will follow up soon.
The Mobile Bike Repair Basics
Launched in 2014 through a partnership with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors and Bike Fed the program has trained and employed more than 15 high school aged students, several of them returning multiple summers in a row. In that time staff have repaired over 1,800 bikes. Operating in what we term “bike shop deserts” this program offers support to those most in need of a working bike to use for fun or transportation. The Mobile Bike Repair is a key program we are referring to when we say we want to get people of all types on bikes.
Read the 2020 Report here on how many we served and more stories on the impacts of the program.
We prioritizes partnerships with summer Milwaukee Recreation sites located in Clark Square, Layton Boulevard West, Harambe, Riverwest, Lyndsey Heights and other low income communities around Milwaukee in an effort to bring resources to those most in need.
Interested in supporting? Know a youth who may be interested in working this summer? If you have any other questions please send an email to our Mobile Repair Manager.