3 fairs, 100 bikes, and many great community connections
(March 2, 2015) During the 2014-15 Fix-It Fair season Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School engaged in over 300 conversations with neighbors, students and families about their transportation options and biking and walking to school, including several in Spanish. We also prepared 60 riders for biking year-round at our All-Season Cycling classes and helped provide adjustments and tune ups for 100 bikes.
Common bike repairs included fixing flat tires, shifting and braking adjustments, brake pad replacement, drivetrain maintenance, and other miscellaneous adjustments like raising seats, tightening training wheels or adjusting headsets. All repairs were provided to help low-income families and students get back on the road for trips to school, to work and for errands.
Bike mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm and other volunteers donated over 100 hours to help bring this free service to Fix-It Fair attendees. “It’s definitely a group effort and we couldn’t do it without everyone pitching in – especially our amazing mechanics! We are so lucky to have them donating their time and resources to these events,” said Abra McNair, Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School staffer.
We hope to continue bringing these great services to the Fix-It Fair community when the events start up again in November. Until then, the Community Resource Guide is available online year-round with the type of information you’ll find at a Fix-It Fair. And if your bike needs work, check out this list of classes, shops and organizations that can help you learn to fix it yourself.