Program Promotes Safe Biking In KCK

By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)
By: AP (posted by Greg Palmer)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A program aimed at encouraging self-reliance and physical activity among poor inner-city youths not only provides them with bikes, but also teaches them to maintain their refurbished rides.

The Kansas City Star ( ) reports that 25-year-old Ben Alexander was working at a community center when a seventh-grader started asking questions about how he biked to and from work. The boy said they should fix up bikes for children because few in the neighborhood have them.

Since 2011, more than 1,000 have graduated since 2011 from the FreeWheels bike safety classes that Alexander has taken to Kansas City, Kan., middle schools, apartment complexes and social service agencies. And hundreds have been given bikes through the group's Earn-a-Bike program, where kids learn how to take apart bicycles and put them back together.

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