BikePlus is pleased to be landing a permanent home!
A seed grant from Duluth LISC is allowing BikePlus to afford rent at the Damiano Center for monthly programming, bike storage, and space for bike repair/maintenance. Since it’s inception 3 years ago, BikePlus has been spread across the city, with all donated bikes, parts and tools stashed in the garages of colleagues and volunteers – often 20 miles apart, making bike prep a major challenge.
Consolidating into a secure centralized space will allow the program to grow and flourish in a whole new way. Plans include using the space to offer learning opportunities for participants to gain hands-on experience in the practical and real ways to maintain and make small fixes to their bikes in order to keep them on the road.
Ultimately, we hope to engage participants in a more robust process of refurbishing donated bikes to be able provide a larger selection to incoming participants. Currently we have a couple of key volunteers who help get a fleet of bikes ready for the BikePlus season. Big dreams include leadership from BikePlus participants to prepare bikes for sale to community members at reasonable prices and offering low cost bike tune-ups/repairs. Think Community Bike Shop.
Seth Currier, Damiano Center Executive Director and Jenny Van Sickle, Transportation Programs Manager pose with a copy of the lease!
Click on the image of the BikePlus Flyer to open a larger PDF.