Jackson’s first Community Bike Shop opening in Midtown!

The Jackson Bike Advocates and Bike Walk Mississippi are excited to announce the Jackson, Mississippi’s first Community Bike Shop!   The Jxn Community Bike Shop will be a volunteer run grass-roots effort to provide a public gathering place that will bring together and involve volunteers from around the Metro Jackson area to teach and to learn from each other as we work together to teach and assist children and adults of all ages with bicycle safety education and repair instruction.  The Jxn community bike shop seeks to provide a safe space where the people of Jackson can learn how to repair bicycles as a way to make the city of Jackson more bicycle friendly and to provide an easily affordable and accessible means for transportation, recreation and health.

Safety Classes and the shop’s “Earn-a-bike” program will be the focus of the Community Bike Shop providing an opportunity to include a “hands-on” element for children and community members to learn basic bicycle repair and maintenance.  This program will also include instruction in proper helmet fit, locking techniques and overall bike care. Bike Walk MS and the Jackson Bike Advocates will work with Midtown Partners and other volunteers to open the Jxn Community Bike Shop for students in Midtown Partner’s after school tutoring program and open to the general public two Saturdays per month starting in the fall of 2012.

The Jxn Community Bike Shop will be located at 121 Millsaps Avenue in the Midtown community of Jackson (between Mill Street & West Street) and is set to open its doors to the public in September.  In preparation for its opening in September, Bike Walk Mississippi and the Jackson Bike Advocates are spending the month of August setting up the shop and are asking for your help!  They will be setting up regular drop-off hours every month or, if needed, we can arrange pick-up for your donations!     Please email bikewalk@bikewalkmississippi.org if you have bike repair equipment you would like to donate old (or new) bicycles, parts, tools, helmets, locks, bells, lights and/or supplies or if you’d like to volunteer to set up and organize the shop!

For more information on Bike Walk Mississippi’s low-income Initiative or the Jxn Community Bike Shop, please contact: bikewalk@bikewalkmississippi.org or jacksonbikeadvocates@gmail.com

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