Free bike repair, safety clinics kicking off in Missoula

Posted at 9:26 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 11:26:29-04

MISSOULA – A pair of local organizations are teaming up to help keep your bike in tip-top shape this summer.

Free Cycles and Let’s Move Missoula are offering free bike repair clinics in several area neighborhoods and will also be offering up safety advice to young riders.

The series of workshops kick off on Tuesday, June 26th at Westside Park from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Organizers say bicycle fixing, helmet fitting and decorating, music, and a brief group ride will be available. Free Cycles will teach basic bicycle maintenance skills while Missoula’s bike ambassadors will be leading a safety skills clinic as well.

"While Free Cycles is open 40 hours each week to offer bicycle help to the community, some kids do not have the means or freedom to make it over to the bike shop. We want to ensure their bikes are working well and they are practicing safety while riding," said Free Cycles Programs Director Emily Jensen.

"That’s why we are bringing the tools to the neighborhoods. In our experience, these pop-up shops are successful because once one youth fixes their bicycle,
they ride to tell their friends and the word spreads like fire," Jensen added.

The events are free and open to the public.

Below is the remainder of the Bike Rodeo and Free Bike Repair Clinics schedule:

  • July 10: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at Council Groves Apartments
  • July 17: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at Northside Head Start
  • July 24: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. at Franklin School

Click here for more information on the clinics or call (406) 541-7284.

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