Citybikes became a worker-owned cooperative in 1990. This means that our workers own and run the business. We share responsibility and profit equally among the worker-owners. Unlike most businesses, all workers here treat the business as their own.
Citybikes currently employs 20-25 workers, 10 of whom are worker-owners. Because we are equals, Citybikes has no managers. We run the business through a series of monthly committee meetings, at which we practice consensus decision-making. We share all tasks, from pondering which product lines to carry, to maintaining the buildings, to mopping the floor. Everyone that works at Citybikes is a trained mechanic, including our bookkeeper.
As a business, the cooperative structure allows us to make a more egalitarian workplace that is focused on quality, fairness, and honesty, both for ourselves and for our customers and the greater community.