Bikes 4 Peace to Offer Free Youth Clinics Throughout the Summer

The Syracuse Peace Council will hold summer bike clinics for youth from 5 to 7 p.m. on select Tuesdays this summer. Bikes 4 Peace organizes volunteers with mechanical/bike skills to provide free clinics for city youth. The clinics assist youth with fixing and maintaining their bikes as well as recycling donated bikes to give away. In order to receive assistance or to “earn” a recycled bike, youth must help fix at least one bike at the clinic. Last year, the program worked with between 120-150 youth.

This year’s clinics will continue on the following Tuesdays* from 5 to 7 p.m.:

• June 26 & July 10 – Eastside location TBA

• July 24  & Aug. 7 – Brady Faith Center (404 South Ave.)

• Aug. 21 & Sept. 4 – Spanish Action League (700 Oswego St.)

*Because all clinics are outside, they will be canceled if there is heavy rain.

“Bikes 4 Peace provides a constructive recreation opportunity for youth right in their own neighborhood. The program promotes cooperation, creative problem solving, youth empowerment, and recycling. It’s another step towards building a more nonviolent community,” explained SPC staffperson Jessica Maxwell.

For more information, to volunteer or donate bike materials, contact Jessica Maxwell at the Syracuse Peace Council at 472-5478.