September 09, 2016
Help give people the joy and freedom of biking!
I few years ago I helped start the SPOKES community bike shop in Minneapolis to get a more diverse group of people biking. A year-and-a-half ago, we merged it with Cycles for Change. It has been a fantastic partnership. Help me raise $2000 to support the great programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Cycles for change has some fantastic programs but my favorite is a program that reduces a major barrier to biking: Adult Learn-to-ride classes. These are more fun and more rewarding than any other classes I have taught. The grins on the students' faces when they figure out ballance and pedaling are golden.
Four years ago we stated providing classes for adults who has never learned to ride a bike. Our primary audience was the East African immigrant community in the Seward, Cedar-Riverside and Phillips communities in Minneapolis. It has expanded far beyond that. Last year we taught over 100 adults how to ride a bike:
- 80 percent were women
- about 50 percent were East African Immigrants
- We had participants with ancestors from every continent except Australia and Antarctica
- We had participants whose ancestors have been in this country for generations and participants who have been in this country for less than a year.
Some quotes from the adults who have learned to ride a bike:
- I feel like a 5-year-old. It's amazing. It's like I'm a bird. I'm flying!
- I had this idiotic smile on fmy face like the smile that kids get.
- Back in Somalia women don't ride bikes. I'm in America now and I want to ride.
- I want to learn so I can teach my new daughter to ride.
- I'm tired of not being able to go riding with my friends.
- I want transportation that is more flexible than Metro Transit.
- When I take my kids to the park, I'm running behind them as they bike there. I want to be riding in front of them.
Help us continue to give the gift of joy and freedom of riding a bike to more people in the Twin Cities. Please make a donation today (and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next.....)