Re:Ciclos a movement by bicycle. A new project of the Bicycle Kitchen

submission by Reciclos

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Re:Ciclos and Bicycle Kitchen

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Re:Ciclos is a cargo bicycle manufacturing project dedicated to bridging the socio-economic, environmental, educational and health gaps in Los Angeles created by excessive use of the motor vehicle as the only form of transportation.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Re:Ciclos is a Los Angeles-based project that recycles landfill-bound steel bicycles and redirects them into the hands of youth who redesign, re-fabricate and assemble them into cargo bicycles that are then distributed to communities, individuals, organizations/businesses that will use them in their everyday endeavors. Re:Ciclos seeks to empower students by offering an educational platform that puts their creations to work in their own communities and makes L.A. the best place to live.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Bicycle Kitchen 4429 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


Los Angeles is choked by the private automobile's endless usurping of resources and its excessive pollution impact. Re:Ciclos empowers both its students and cargo bike recipients to directly address these negative consequences in our city through direct action. The positive effects of the Re:Ciclos project:

>Youth education and empowerment
>Replaces car trips with more bicycle trips
>General improvement of the physical environment by mitigating pollution
>Assists in traffic congestion reduction
>Greatly improves the health of those utilizing cargo bicycles through regular exercise
>Creation of more hospitable social environment for citizens by providing safer streets
>Redirects bicycles bound for a landfill by upcycling them in creating affordable human powered vehicles
>Engages a new narrative for the future of mobility in Los Angeles that is low-cost, green and accessible to its diverse communities
>Creates a learning environment that is collaborative, honors and celebrates individual contribution while upholding community interest.

By educating its youth to take control of its transportation modes, Re:Ciclos tools the future with mobility alternatives that are healthy, viable and that mitigate global pollution and replaces negative and damaging consumer cycles with ones that reduce, re-use and recycle. The Los Angeles that Re:Ciclos envisions is filled with bicycle trips and infrastructure, healthy citizens, safe streets for all and a physical environment that reinvigorates the process of renewal rather than continuing to feed the deleterious effects of car culture.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Fabricating cargo bicycles is a self-evaluating process. Each bicycle will be unique in design as students work with clients collaboratively to meet specific needs and application. At the realization of each of project Re:Ciclos will engage the recipients and students in evaluating the work and function of each bicycle to improve upon process and product. Further, students are invited to return to the program as mentors to assist new participants in tackling all aspects of design, community/client engagement and fabrication. Re:Ciclos is a three-way street: teachers, students and clients will work together in stages to ultimately arrive at a program that delivers its message and goal. Students, instructors and clients alike will conduct group evaluation at the end of each session with the aim of incorporating the aggregate wisdom into the future curriculum.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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