• RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    Youth friendly: Healthy snacks, field trips and learning skills happen beyond bike repair.

  • RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    Open Shop Hours: Volunteers are available to help you repair, build or maintain your bike.

  • RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    Community Space: The shop is used for events and hanging out too.

  • RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    A shop run completely by volunteers in the upper 9th ward.

History of RUBARB

  • 2005
  • 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.

  • 2006 - 2015
  • 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.

  • 2016
  • 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!

RUBARB Testimonial

  TorryVolunteers began RUBARB in March 2006, after collecting heaps of unused flood bikes, pulling them from garbage piles in the streets, and fixing them up for both residents and volunteers. Bikes that would have otherwise been sent to a dump of Post Katrina rubbish, are now being reused by many people in New Orleans. RUBARB has evolved into a full scale upper 9th ward community bike shop. A shop which began with programs such as bike lending, and bike building workshops has now become RUBARB.

 

 

 

  

 RUBARB is a tax exempt 501c(3) with id# 26-455931.