Service Tours & Traveling Education
Periodically, the Free Cycles crew of staff and volunteers will ride with purpose, whether it be fixing kids' bikes or simply trying to interact with as many people as possible in dialogue about human interactions with our environment. These rides vary in distance, group size, level of difficulty, etc. For stories of these tours, check out our blog.
Facilitating Positive Change
Free Cycles has been establishing connections with a diversity of organizations, agencies, and businesses for years. The accessible resources provided by Free Cycles through collaboration has been invaluable. It is crucial to maintain these relationships for community involvement. Examples include: Pre-Release Center, Youth Homes, the Poverello, Endeavor Homeschool, The University of Montana, The International School, Missoula in Motion, Spirit at Play Preschool, Winds of Change, the Share House, most Flagship Programs, and many, many more.
Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation
MIST is the umbrella organization of Free Cycles. The mission of MIST is to create a network of sustainable transportation systems that are safe, equitable and environmentally sound. Currently MIST consists of four core programs: Share the City/Share the Street (education and outreach), Doorstep Democracy (building relationships), Free Cycles (building vehicles), and the Missoula Model (community infrastructure). Throughout each of these programs, public involvement and engagement is essential. Ultimately it is our mission to help Missoula, Montana create a sustainable transportation system on a wide scale, in which outside communities can learn and grow from.
Read more about the history MIST, involvement, and initiatives here.