The Community Bike Kitchen, a hands-on bicycle repair and learning
hub located at the Jefferson Community Center in Eureka, now has a new
mural thanks to a collaboration of local community organizations and a
local artist. The mural was designed and painted by local artist
Augustus “Gus” Clark and made possible with support from the bike
kitchen, the Jefferson Community Center and Park and the Westside
Community Improvement Association.
The mural captures the joy of bicycling and the natural beauty that
abounds on the North Coast. Clark at first planned a small mural square
with Bike Kitchen volunteers but was so inspired by the large blank wall
and the community energy of the Bike Kitchen that the project quickly
“I had a great time, the process was alive, and I got to practice a few new techniques,” he said.
This new mural joins the other colorful, community-oriented features of the Jefferson Community Park in Eureka.
Eureka’s local bike kitchen, a project of Redwood Community Action
Agency, opened in June 2013 as a place where people could learn bike
maintenance skills and find low-cost or no-cost used bicycles. For over
six years, the Bike Kitchen has thrived as a hands-on workshop,
providing tools, space and mechanics’ knowledge for bike repair and also
volunteer opportunities to earn a new set of wheels.
The Bike Kitchen is currently open three days a week — Mondays and
Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m. and is located on
the south side of Jefferson Community Center campus (1000 B St.) in a
little yellow building off Clark Street in between A and B streets.