Bike co-op adds balance to sustainability movement

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, Nava said.

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."

Do Good:

• Volunteer 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    

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