Teens Fundraising for Mobile After-School Bike Shop

News released on: 
Feb 10th, 2012

BNB teens traveled to NYC to present their plans for Chain Reaction at the National Youth Bicycle Summit.Bikes Not Bombs' team of youth organizers, also known as B.O.C.A. are fundraising for a mobile bike shop to reach youth in neighborhoods without bike services.

Chain Reaction is Boston’s first ever youth-run, after-school mobile bike shop and training center. The mission of Chain Reaction is to provide bicycle education, repair and sales in Boston neighborhoods without full-service retail bicycle shops. An initiative of Bikes Not Bombs' Youth Programs, Chain Reaction will offer low-cost repairs, free repairs to customers who learn and complete the repair themselves, apprenticeships for youth, and road-ready refurbished bicycles for $50-$75. Chain Reaction will also offer periodic workshops on safety, route-mapping and bike skills, and will offer classes on how to ride a bike. Chain Reaction is the brain child of B.O.C.A., which stands for Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action and is made up of five high school aged employees of Bikes Not Bombs. Along with other youth mechanics, these teens will perform all the repairs, teach all the skills, and refurbish all the bicycles. In this way, Chain Reaction is a youth development project that simultaneously builds community, helps the environment and provides after school opportunities for local youth.

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