Discovering Springfield on two wheels

We all see the world through different glasses.  Every morning we wake up with a view impacted by our past experiences, present workload, and aims for our future selves.

It brings us overwhelming joy to be working with a consortium of groups including Pedal Thru Youth, Hampshire Bicycle Exchange, Competitive Edge Ski And Bike, and Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

Our goal is to provide everyone who would like to bike an opportunity to do so safely.

Through resettlement and job placements, many families of refugees of foreign crises are making new homes – helping to make the Forest Park neighborhood one of the most vibrant places in New England.

These bikes, built mostly in previous decades have changed likely changed hands more than once over their lives. Soon they will be a transportation option for a New American coming to our soil from Congo, Sudan, or Rwanda.

The good ones like those built by Columbia out near our pals the Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail, Inc. in Westfield will last decades longer.

A bike is a fantastic option for getting to work on our Springfield roads. Each New American commuter will receive roadway safety training along with locks, lights, and a helmet along with a refurbished bike.

Please help us reach our goals of providing dozens of bikes to New Americans:…/new-american-riders-bicycles-for-refug…

To those who have already given to our community on any level, we thank you.

We’re hiring!

Rad is hiring a summer position to assist with our growing programmatic offerings!

Job details are below.  Applicants can email a cover letter and resume to


Youth Repair Instructor Job Description



The Youth Repair Instructor will be a Springfield resident, age 18-26 who will lead the instruction of youth during a 10-week summer program hosted by Rad.  The Youth Repair Instructor is responsible for knowing the basics of bike repair and safety, introducing lessons and testing youth participants at the Springfield College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement’s (“The Center”) summer earn-a-bike program.

In addition to running the summer programming curriculum at The Center, the Youth Repair Instructor will need to ensure the project has a consistent inventory, especially of refurbished bikes and hardware for teaching.



– Assess donated bikes to see if they are repairable in an educational forum designed for youth

– Repair and refurbish bicycles to be used as earn-a-bike options, maintaining a consistent inventory for new students

– Track time and parts used per project

– Maintain a neat and organized workspace at The Center

– Maintain a high level of professionalism

– Select bicycles to be repaired based on shop needs and community demand

– Perform quality control checks on bikes built by youth and ensure the safety of all bicycles

– Instruct basic bicycle safety to a diverse youth audience

– Answer visitors’ questions about broader RadSpringfield programs and operations

– Follows Springfield College policies and procedures regarding responsible use of the Center



– Strong proficiency with bicycle technology and tools (1960’s to present)

– Ingenuity to solve a wide array of mechanical issues

– Excellent customer service and sales skills

– Patience and a positive attitude towards offering repair help to a diverse audience

– Educational skills including lecturing on technical topics

– Organizational skills including monitoring one’s hours

– Positive attitude and enthusiastic belief in Rad’s mission of putting more bikes on the road


Professional Development Opportunities

– Making community contacts with bicycle-oriented organizers

– Receive training in neighborhood organizing and management of a community bike shop

– Opportunity for advancement within the organization as it grows

– Potential for initial off-site training with other bike shops


Benefits, Terms and Compensation

– $13-$16 hourly, depending on experience, up to 5hrs/week over the summer

– Reports to the Project Manager and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

– Reduced on bicycle industry goods

– Access to professional bike tools for your own bike



Submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject ‘Youth Repair Instructor application’. The position will be filled ASAP.

Rules of the Road

There’s some stuff going on out there on Springfield roads…

We are at the heart of a community conversation about safe, bikeable roadways and paths.

Let us all acknowledge the truth:  a fog surrounds our community’s ability to relate to each other and the rules over the road.

We need advocates who are willing to get involved in grassroots work acknowledging EVERYONE’s right to safely use of roadways.

What we can ask everyone – residents, commuters, visitors, leisure riders, – is to please be their best selves on Springfield roads.

Please reach out to us if you have anything to provide to this conversation.

We’re a changing City

MGM Springfield opened in August.

Stevie Wonder came to town Labor day weekend.

ValleyBike Share has 10 of 14 bike share locations open.

Eight trains a day are now available to New Haven with a new pilot project opening to Greenfield.

Springfield is Changing and we want to make sure you’re able to ride your bike safely through it all.

Hit us up if you have any questions.  413-271-7293