MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A new program is helping to bring bikes to adults and children in need of transportation.
The program launched by Pedaltown Bicycle Company takes used bikes in from customers looking to buy a new one. The business then uses the bikes to "give it forward" to those in need of a ride.
The owner of Pedaltown explained to Local 24 the multiple benefits of this program.
“There's so much learning happening with an effort like this,” said Clark Butcher. “The individual that's getting a new bike and paying theirs forward, there's a skill that's being learned and a nice trait. And the individual that's getting the bike is learning how to repair, replace, fix, as well as the ability to see that finish line and getting that product at the end of their community service hours.”
In order for a person to receive a bike, they must go through the 'Build-A-Bike' program, where participants do 10 hours of community service before fixing a bike for them to keep.