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Hi friends!

I've been working at Back Alley Bikes here in Detroit since May. I cannot express how special it feels to be part of a shop so rooted in the neighborhood community and making biking as transportation more accessible to people. We've had folks in the shop this year who are just getting out of the carceral system, are houseless, or in other tough circumstances who have been able to volunteer at the shop to earn a bike. These folks often keep coming back to hang at the shop as they've found community and ways to learn new skills here. Learning bike mechanics has been such an empowering part of my life for the past few years and I love sharing that with people from all over the city! 

And even further, Back Alley Bikes is rooted in a radical history- founded through Detroit Summer in 1999. It's an absolute staple to this neighborhood and city. 

Help me help Back Alley Bikes to continue to be a valuable resource for Detroit's cycling community with this important annual fundraiser! For over 20 years, Back Alley Bikes' mission has been to provide cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices, and community access. 

During this turbulent time, they've managed to keep the doors open during the pandemic to continue to provide a safe environment with resources for Detroit's broad cycling community, like DIY Open Shop time with available used parts and educational resources. They have remained open for Volunteer time, which is the backbone of getting bikes ready to distribute to Detroit's youth! Back Alley Bikes has also been able to give dozens of bikes and helmets to housing insecure and other vulnerable community members with their Spokes for Folks partnership program.  

Help me with a donation to help Back Alley Bikes, and thank you! 

 

 

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