The goal of IV Bikespace is to provide functional bicycles and bike repairs to the working poor, unemployed and young people in the Illinois Valley. Volunteer mechanics teach basic bicycle maintenance and do repairs for free at various public events around the valley. Tubes, cables and other common repair parts are sold at cost.
The Illinois Valley has little public transit service, and has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the state. Many people are trying to cut household costs by driving less. Bicycles provide low-tech, economically sustainable transportation. In addition, there are many documented social, public health and environmental benefits to bicycling.
Many volunteer hours have been put into cleaning and refurbishing a disused barn for the IV Bikespace. Starting in 2010 people in the Illinois Valley area have been able to bring their bikes into the shop and learn how to repair them.