Bike Shop is a non-profit child-centered project for participants
from low-income homes. Without it many of the children here could
not afford to purchase or even repair and maintain a bike. At the
Shop, children and youth learn to give their bikes the care that
keeps them operating safely. Rides get us out into the greater
Bellingham area and well beyond, exploring, building riding
competence and self-esteem.
games and television are imposed on children as inexpensive
babysitters with relatively limitless advertising budgets. The
same adults that often criticize kids for not doing anything use
these diversions to occupy them when they, the adults don't have
time for them. At the same time, neighborhood infrastructure has
eroded and streets have become choked with traffic. What do we
expect kids to do?
bicycle is literal empowerment. The Bike Shop successfully engages
participants because it is concrete, experiential, and enjoyable.
There are no worksheets, quizzes, or practice. This is cycling:
real, active, and challenging. Today's children are no different
from those of any age. They respond to high expectations and love
to explore the world around them. A little attention and a working
bike helps to make for a rewarding childhood and healthy
transition young adulthood.
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