live / 2015

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

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Re:Ciclos and Bicycle Kitchen

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.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Bicycle Kitchen 4429 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Obesity rates
  • Walk/bike/transit score
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support