Thursday and Friday evening Park District employees volunteered time to help children repair their bicycles outside of Mills Pool on Bloomington’s west side. The “Bring Your Bike Back To Life” event was run by employees of the Benjamin Banneker Community Centers summer program and helped fix over 25 bikes.
The event was funded through a grant offered by the Indiana Bicycle Coalition. Will Rose, Program Coordinator and planner for the event, felt this part of the community could benefit from an opportunity like this.
“For these kids having a bike that works is going to encourage them to get out, get moving, get active in the summer. And that’s huge, especially for a lot of kids that are sedentary and spending all day watching TV or playing video games.”
And Mills pool was the perfect location for the event. Children that attend the summer program told friends at the pool to bring their bicycles, and even helped fix some.
Many children who attend the Banneker summer program lack the financial ability to have their bikes repaired or to buy new ones. Rose says he was surprised by the turn out and was thrilled he could help get some kids back on their bikes and teach them about staying safe.
“About 4 kids, who had bikes that were not rideable or that were unsafe to ride, without breaks or derailers or anything like that, that would have made them more likely to crash and wreck and have a bad experience on a bicycle, now have bikes that work just fine.”
The Indiana Bicycle Coalition is a non-profit organization who promotes a bicycle friendly state.