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Baker College of Flint, C-A Schools, Bike Shop Sponsor Free Community Bike Fair Oct. 12

October 09, 2013

Gear up for fun and learning; bike donations accepted!

Donated bikes
Bikes that have been donated to the Community Bike Project. They had 35 bikes prior to last weekend … then 80 were donated at the Bike Fair.

FLINT, Mich. – Baker College of Flint, Assenmacher’s Cycling Centers and Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools (C-A) will sponsor a community bike fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the C-A Middle School, 1409 W. Maple Ave., Flint. Kids, families and other bike enthusiasts are welcome to this free, fun event.

Maureen Miller, director of health & fitness and student clubs coordinator at Baker College of Flint, said that the partners hope the bike fair will help participants enjoy safe biking and encourage them to assist the Community Bike Project created by the three partner organizations. The Project refurbishes donated bikes for youth who are unable to afford them. The public can donate gently used bikes or volunteer as a member of the Project’s bike repair crew throughout the winter.

Activities at the bike fair include:

  • Winterization workshop
  • Lessons on basic bicycle maintenance, such as tightening handlebars and chains and changing tires
  • Bicycle safety presentations
  • Helmet fitting (so bring your helmet) by Hurley’s Healthy Kids program, plus they will give away free helmets for the first 25 kids
  • Information about local bicycle paths provided by representatives from the Flint Department of Parks and Recreation, Friends of the Flint River Trail, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, and Safe and Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE)
  • Drawings for prizes and giveaways for those who donate bicycles to the Community Bike Project

This year, the donated bikes will benefit C-A students. If the program is successful, Miller said that it could be expanded to include other school districts.

The Community Bike Project received a $1,000 grant from SAGE to be used primarily for replacement parts when restoring the donated bikes. SAGE is an initiative that promotes safe opportunities for physical activity in Genesee County.

For more information about the bike fair, donating a bicycle or volunteering for the repair team, contact Miller at 810.766.8752 or maureen.parmann@baker.edu.

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