Cycle Savers Launches!

Vancouver Community Lab to build outstanding bike racks for East Van Cyclists.

The Vancouver CoLab, a non profit co-op of wood and metal workers has been awarded a City of Vancouver public art grant to design and build whimsical and sturdy bike racks for the cycling community of East Van. These bike racks will be an asset to the Vancouver cycling infrastructure as well as unique works of art to enhance our local street experience.

Called “Cycle Savers” the intention of the program is to collaborate with small business operators such as coffee shops and craft brew pubs to design secure and beautiful bike racks to accommodate many customers at a time. CoLab volunteers will work with each client group desiring a new bike rack to design and build an attractive rack that will be a landmark in the local streetscape. The City of Vancouver will provide support and permits as needed.

Cycle Savers kickoff reception happens Thursday, 24th of August at the MakerLabs at the corner of Hawks and Cordova streets from 6 to 9 PM. Please bring your ideas for a bike rack in your neighborhood!  Register here!


Do you love learning and skill-sharing?  Take things apart just to see how they work?  Wish that you had the time and money to invest in the kind of workshop that could turn your dreams into reality?

CoLab wants YOU!


The Vancouver Community Lab is an open and accessible workshop where makers, hackers, artists and tinkerers can create, destroy and re-build.  We believe that everyone has the desire and ability to create things and can be trusted to develop the skills needed to do so.  CoLab members work on personal, group or community projects.  Funding to pay for our space, tools and consumables comes primarily from membership dues.

Sign up for our newsletter

* indicates required


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CoLab?

The CoLab is a space to create and a community to learn and share. Click here for details.

Who can join CoLab?

Anyone! No experience required! Whether you’re an artist, a professional maker or have no building skills whatsoever, you are welcome to join.

Who runs the CoLab?

The CoLab is community run. That is why it is important for members to attend meetings and engage in our electronic community.

Further, Keyholders must donate 5 hours per month to attend drop-in hours or otherwise contribute. During this drop-in time, Keyholders should help non-keyholders if they can, answer questions from potential members that stop in but also perform routine maintenance such as cleaning bathrooms, fixing tools, etc. Lastly, attendance at the monthly meeting is mandatory.

What tools can I use?

There are 3 kinds of tools in the CoLab:

1) Communal use- can be used by anyone that has been ok’d to use them. We hold safety sessions for certain machines that EVERYONE must attend before using them;

2) Semi-private tools- can be used only if you have permission from the owner. Please ask if you are not sure if a tool is communal or semi-private;

3) Private tools- cannot be used. These tools should be stored in a private-storage space such as a cubby or semi-private studio.

What tools do you have?

We have a large list of tools from small hand tools to large machines spanning metalwork, woodwork and textile. This list is ever expanding as kind people donate or bring tools in to share. A running list of tools can eventually be found HERE.

How much does membership cost?

Keyholder Membership: $100 Yearly fee + $100 Damage Deposit + $130 monthly fee (6-month commitment) Drop-in Membership: $100 Yearly fee + $65 monthly fee There are other stipulations, so please click here for more info.

How do I join?

Come down to meet us at our monthly meeting. Its usually the last Wednesday of every month. Check the calendar to make sure. Details on our membership can be found here.

Is there project storage?

You may leave a project that you are currently working on in an out-of-the-way place. Please attach a note to your project with information with your name, contact information and how long it will be there. Unfortunately, there is no long-term storage unless you have acquired semi-private space. CLICK HERE for more info about spaces.

Can I drop by to see the space?

Sure! Drop by during our drop-in times or come to a monthly meeting and introduce yourself! Check our Google Calendar for times: CALENDAR