Youth friendly: Healthy snacks, field trips and learning skills happen beyond bike repair.
Open Shop Hours: Volunteers are available to help you repair, build or maintain your bike.
Community Space: The shop is used for events and hanging out too.
A shop run completely by volunteers in the upper 9th ward.
Aug '05: Katrina hits New Orleans, destroying thousands of homes and displacing families.
Mar '06: Volunteers from Common Ground turn an empty shed in the parking lot of St. Mary of the Angels ( upper 9th ward) into a space to work on bikes.
Field trips range from hikes in Jean Lafitte Park, baseball and basketball games, the zoo, puppet shows and performances. Our annual trips to the beach in Waveland, MS and heading to Jazzfest are among the favorites.
Oct. '13: RUBARB helps host the regional Bike!Bike! Conference with many successful workshops and a party with music, food, raffles and an alley cat race for the kids and visitors.
Sept. '11: Volunteers work hard all summer to renovate the old Jewel Box, a former neighborhood club which will be the new home of RUBARB. Grand Re-opening party a big hit with food, music, relay races, a puppet show and bounce house!
2017 and beyond: RUBARB continues to offer a free space for folks to learn about, fix and build bicycles... run only by volunteers! Plans to bring back ladies/trans/queer night in the works!
My favorite thing is that I grew up learning and fixing bikes. I'll always remember going to the beach, field trips, everything!
Lashine, Bike Shop Ambassador
David, RUBARB Volunteer