Grant to help launch mobile bike repair service for Tucson - Tucson News Now

Grant to help launch mobile bike repair service for Tucson

Mobile bike repair (Source: Living Streets Alliance) Mobile bike repair (Source: Living Streets Alliance)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A free mobile bicycle repair program is one step closer to reality after receiving a grant from Can'd Aid Foundation, out of Colorado. 

According to a recent release, Living Streets Alliance received the latest "Treads + Trails" grant for $5,000, which will help purchase and equip a cargo van that will travel around Tucson and surrounding areas providing basic bicycle repairs for free.

“We could not be more excited to work with Living Streets Alliance to help provide a free mobile bike repair service in the Tucson area. CAN’d Aid’s Treads + Trails programs are all about increasing access and opportunities for people to get outside, ride and enjoy the outdoors, so teaming up to launch a mobile bike repair center just makes sense.” said Sarah Leavitt, Program Director of the CAN’d Aid Foundation in a recent release. 

LSA is offering the Mobile Bike Repair service via its Safe Routes to School Tucson program, and in partnership with the City of Tucosn Bicycle & Pedestrian program.  

“This service provides a simple solution to a major challenge that we’ve observed through our work in the community,” said Emily Yetman, Executive Director of LSA. “Not everyone has the time and resources to access a bike shop, which means that a minor maintenance issue – like a flat tire – can lead
to a bike falling into permanent disrepair or being abandoned completely. We want to ensure that all of Tucson’s youth have access to bikes in safe, working condition, so this our opportunity to literally bring the ‘bike shop’ to them and give them the tools and confidence to continue riding for years to come.”

An earlier $1,400 grant from Minneapolis based Park Tool, is helping to equip the van, but there are still opportunities to donate or sponsor the program.  A donation of a van would allow the program to launch earlier than expected and provide more repair clinics then the 50 already slated for the program.  

For more information on the project and Living Streets Alliance click here and here.   

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