Our Cooperative Structure

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.