About why we exist

Our Mission

Founded in 2003, the Bike Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit run by volunteers. We provide all the tools and parts you need to fix or build a bicycle. Our staff of volunteer mechanics is available to give advice and answer questions.

The Bike Kitchen feels that our contributions to the greater SF community should go beyond empowerment through our bicycle services, and that we have a responsibility to aid and support other necessary community non-profit institutions in need.

Dignity & Respect Policy

The core mission of the Bike Kitchen is to teach people of all ages and backgrounds how to repair bicycles. We are intent on promoting a positive culture for wrenching and volunteering in which all members of our community treat each other with dignity and respect. Discrimination on any grounds (gender, religion, age, marital and family status, disability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or immigration status), harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, or intimidation will not be tolerated at the Bike Kitchen.

The positive culture for wrenching and volunteering at The Bike Kitchen is created by and for our staff members, volunteers, patrons, and other community members. We have a responsibility to promote this positive culture by:

○ Being accountable for our interactions with each other at the Bike Kitchen
○ Wrenching and volunteering collaboratively, collegially, and effectively
○ Leading other staff members, volunteers, patrons, and others in promoting a culture of dignity and respect
○ Taking timely, relevant action to resolve concerns using the appropriate procedures

Any act or conduct by a harasser is considered to be harassment if it is unwelcome to the recipient and could reasonably be seen as offensive, humiliating, threatening, hostile, or intimidating to the recipient, in relation to one or more of the following characteristics of the recipient: gender, religion, marital or family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, ethnicity, or immigration status. Such behavior can take many forms, similar to those of sexual harassment, racial harassment or bullying.

Sexual harassment includes acts of physical intimacy, or requests for sexual favors or any act or conduct by a harasser, including spoken words, gestures or the production, display or circulation of written words, pictures or other material. The unwanted nature of sexual harassment distinguishes it from flirtatious or sexual behavior, which is entered into freely and mutually. It is the damaging impact of the unwanted behavior on the recipient, not the intention of the harasser, which counts. The impact of sexual harassment is taken into account when cases of sexual harassment are investigated.

Bullying is repeated inappropriate behavior, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against one or more others, which could reasonably be regarded as undermining the individual’s right to dignity and respect. An isolated incident of the behavior described in this definition may be an affront to your dignity but is not considered to be bullying.”

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