In November 2006, Bike Saviours was founded by Allison Karow. After living in different U.S. cities that already had bicycle collective shops, she noticed the need in the Phoenix area for a place for people to donate old bikes, fix their own bikes and learn how to build bikes and bike safely. With her backyard and a few of her own tools on lend, she began building the federally-recognized non-profit community education collective. Eventually, Bike Saviours expanded out of her backyard and into a commercial space.
With help from community donations and support and the continued support of New Belgium Brewery through the Tour de Fat festival, we’ve remained a free service to the public, charging only minimally for parts and bikes. We now operate out of our first space that is solely ours at 1930 South Roosevelt Street in Tempe. On average, we serve 200 members of the Tempe community every month— that’s roughly 2500 repairs every year!