Crowd Celebrates Grand Opening of Bike Kitchen in Malden

(Above photo: Bike to the Sea members were happy to celebrate the opening of the Bike Kitchen after working on the project for more than two years. From left to right are Bike to the Sea Board Member Susi Ecker, Executive Director Jonah Chiarenza, and Program Manager Agnes Recato.)

A crowd of about 50 people celebrated the grand opening of Bike to the Sea’s Bike Kitchen in Malden on Friday, April 5, 2024.

The Bike Kitchen, which is a do-it-yourself community space for bike maintenance and repair, took more than two years to complete: from outreach, to planning, design, and construction. It’s located inside two shipping container buildings along the Northern Strand Community Trail, across from the Cambridge Health Alliance, on Canal Street in Malden.

Anyone who wants to fix or work on maintaining their bike is welcome at the Bike Kitchen and to use the tools available there during operating hours. So far, the Bike Kitchen plans on being open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Volunteers will be available to help guide cyclists with their repairs. 

The Bike Kitchen will be closed during bad weather and announcements will be made on the Bike Kitchen webpage and through Bike to the Sea’s social media channels.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson attended the grand opening and cut a ribbon to officially open it. His office managed a “Sustainable Materials Recovery Grant” from MassDEP that helped fund the Bike Kitchen. Initial funding of the project was provided by the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation. 

Both Herb Nolan of the Solomon Foundation and Ron Cochran of MassDEP also attended the opening day celebration. Cochran previously worked in the Malden mayor’s office as communications director. 

Malden’s Poet Laureate, CD Collins, read one of her poems at the ceremony. Other dignitaries in attendance included Malden City Councilor and Bike to the Sea Founder Steve Winslow; Malden City Councilor Amanda Linehan; Malden City Councilor Ryan O’Malley; Malden Police Chief Glenn Cronin; Darren Josey of The Great Malden Outdoors; and Alexandra Nuñez of the Conine Family Foundation/HUBLUV.

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