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Do you remember learning to ride a bike as a kid? The freedom? New places to explore? While the bicycle movement is growing in Detroit, not everyone has access to a bike or knowledge about how to ride safely— especially Detroit youth. The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (DECC) (Detroit Based 501 c 3 nonprofit) provides kids across Detroit an opportunity to experience bicycling and enjoy public spaces across the City through its Earn-A-Bike Program. Since 2011, DECC has helped more than 300 youth learn how to repair a bike, ride safely on the street and explore parks & greenways across Detroit. Through the Earn-A-Bike program, DECC works to ensure the city’s cycling movement is inclusive and accessible for all.
DECC is raising funds for 2016 season’s Earn-A-Bike program for 150 Detroit youth. Each group of 10-12 students participates in an eight-day class that teaches them how to repair bicycles and ride safely. Some classes test the mechanic skills they learn by hosting a free pop-up bike tune-up shop in their neighborhood. Students also get a chance to ride the greenways and bike lanes across Southeast Michigan including the 150+ miles of bicycle lanes recently built in Detroit’s public parks and rights-of-way.
Upon completion of the program, students are rewarded with a bike to take home and keep, along with a lock and helmet. For most, this is their first bicycle. Imagine the feeling of freedom they can now experience exploring our great city! You can support this cause and get an end of the year tax credit by donating to DECC’s Earn-A-Bike Program.