We just wrapped up our final Mobile Bike Repair clinic of the spring and wanted to take a moment to celebrate how awesome it’s been! Over the past year, we’ve been able to host 28 bike repair clinics at 13 schools and neighborhood sites all over Tucson, working with youth to repair 333 bikes and distribute 252 free youth helmets.
Learning to fix a flat tire
Students getting hands-on practice
It takes lots of great community partners to make this happen. So let’s start with a giant “Thank You” to our local bike shops that provided discounted supplies and materials – Transit Cycles, Ordinary Bike Shop, and Cicli Noe! All of our youth helmets are provided by Tucson Department of Transportation and Pima Association of Governments.
Personal helmet fitting
New this year, we’ve been especially excited to help mentor youth mechanics from BICAS, giving them a paid opportunity to gain valuable job skills and experience.
Intern mechanic working with a student
And a final shout out to CAN’d Aid Foundation and Park Tool for their support in helping to expand the reach of our Mobile Bike Repair service this year through their grant programs!
While it’s been a great year, we’re already planning for how we can continue building momentum with the program in the year to come. We’re excited to start bringing the service to community centers and even neighborhood businesses in addition to schools. In fact, we’re already talking with businesses and community hubs/destinations along the 12th Avenue Cultural and Culinary Corridor about partnering to host bike repair clinics in the area in preparation for our Fall 2017 Cyclovia Tucson event.
Ready to ride!
Stay tuned for what’s to come, and if your school or community organization wants to host a youth bike repair clinic, just submit this form
and we’ll be in contact with more information.