Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bike Works in Lake City

BikeWorks Storefront in Columbia City

Bike Works is a non profit organization whose mission is to:

- Empower youth to lead healthy and productive lives.
- Make bicycling accessible and affordable to people from all walks of life.
- Promote sustainable transportation and environmental stewardship.

They offer a range of classes that teach people of all ages the basics of bicycle mechanics and maintenance. One of their programs ( the Earn a Bike ) works with kids to repair bikes that are given back to the community. After 18 hours of community service, they can build their own bike for free.

DPC contacted Deb Salls, the executive director at Bike Works, to see if they would be interested in providing programs in Lake City and she wrote back to let us know they would be very interested in teaching classes up here. We found a space at the Lake City Community Center that met their criteria. She offered to have a youth and an adult program. Youth classes are from 3 to 6pm and adult classes are from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Their classes meet once a week for 8 weeks. They can start classes up here as early as April. A class has around a dozen students.

BikeWorks will also work with us to promote the classes here. We will need to get commitments from people to fill the classes first. The minimum will be 12 youths for a youth class and 12 adults for an adult class. If you have any ideas on how to get the word out, please email us with suggestions.

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