Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund

Kennan Garvey, a friend and supporter of Phoenix Bikes, passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2008 following a heart attack. The staff and volunteers at Phoenix Bikes express their deepest condolences to Kennan’s widow, Libby, and daughters Shannon and Ruth and their families.

The Garvey family has asked Kennan’s many friends and colleagues to donate to Phoenix Bikes. The purpose of the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund is to enable Phoenix Bikes to secure a more permanent site to better serve our youth mechanics. Due to the constraints of our current location, Phoenix Bikes must move! We need your help.

Since March 2007, the Phoenix Bike Shop has been operating in Barcroft Park, Arlington, VA, in a small building generously provided by the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources. This workshop serves young people from surrounding neighborhoods, as well as cyclists needing affordable bikes and repair services. However, the current space can only fit about 8-10 youth at a time. With help, a new space will more than double that capacity, allowing Phoenix Bikes to expand the number of local youth we can impact and handle more bikes to grow our earned revenue base.

Contributions to the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund will honor Kennan’s name and further a project that reflected his and his family’s interests in youth development, cycling, and the environment.

In a statement establishing the fund, Kennan’s widow Libby stated:

[Phoenix Bikes] is a group which teaches kids how to repair bikes and was one of the organizations Kennan was planning to devote time to in his upcoming retirement. As many of you know, Kennan was an avid cyclist and always did most of the maintenance on his bikes himself. He loved working with kids and passing on his knowledge in so many areas. He would have taken great satisfaction in teaching kids to be self-reliant operators of his favorite environmentally-friendly vehicle!

We are grateful to the Garvey Family for establishing this fund, which will meet a critical and immediate need.

Even if you did not know Kennan, we ask that you make a contribution in his honor to support Phoenix Bikes in our efforts to serve more young people. Checks may be made payable to Phoenix Bikes with notation in the memo line to “Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund.” Donations can also be made through our online – please add “Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund” in the notes, or email us after donating to ensure that the donation is correctly directed.

Checks should be mailed to:
Phoenix Bikes
4200 S. 4 Mile Run Drive
Arlington VA 22206.

For further information on Kennan and his life, visit

For information on the 4th Annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride on August 5th, 2017, visit

For sponsorship opportunities for our new space at Arlington Mill Community Center (expected at the end of 2017!), click HERE.