MoBo leaders aren't satisfied with making the world of cycling available
to Cincinnatians. They want to increase quality of life as well.
The MoBo Bicycle Cooperative
located at 1415 Knowlton Ave. in Northside, advocates sustainable
transportation in the community by teaching the finer points of cycling,
from maintenance to riding.
"MoBo's mission is to promote bicycling within the community," says Alex
Nava, a MoBo board member. "It's really about just sharing with others
and teaching them about alternative transportation."
The cooperative – a project of the Northside Village Green Foundation
– celebrated its fifth anniversary in June and offers a myriad of
programs for citizens, including monthly bicycle basics workshops, kid's
day programs, an adopt-a-bike program and a mechanics internship
program, Nava says.
It also teaches recycling, illustrated by the various workbenches and
maintenance apparatus constructed from bicycle parts, falling in line
with the cooperative's vision statement of sustainability.
"It's really an excellent community resource," Nava says.
Besides offering bicycle repair and advocacy, MoBo allows its workshop
space to be reserved by members of the community for classes in
woodworking and welding, Nava says.
Plans include a loner bike program to give individuals visiting the city
the opportunity to experience it using their own power on two wheels,
MoBo has been well-received in Northside, a community known for its environmental sustainability efforts, Nava says.
"We've had very positive comments," Nava says. "They love it."
to be a shop coordinator, game organizer for Kid's Day programs or man the MoBo table at the weekly Northside Farmers Market. Email
for more information.
• Got an old bike you no longer need? Give it a second life and donate it to MoBo. Email
to set up a drop off.
• Lend a hand
with MoBo's building renovation. Email
to see how you can help.
By James Sprague