The Center for Latino Progress hosted BIKE LIFE – Hartford!, a week-long youth development program featuring bike safety seminars and bike maintenance classes throughout the city of Hartford during Spring Break week. Programming took place at community organizations and recreation centers across the city. BIKE LIFE – Hartford! celebrated the teens in the Hartford area that make bikes a part of their life.
BIKE LIFE – Hartford! is a part of the Center for Latino Progress’ BiCi Co. programming. BiCi Co. brings bicycles, sustainable transportation, bicycle safety training, youth programs, mechanics classes, jobs access, and job training to the City of Hartford. BIKE LIFE – Hartford! will serve roughly 60 teens between the ages of 10 and 19 during the week of Spring Break. Four classes were held during the week at key locations across the city.
The week-long program culminated with a bicycle festival in Heaven Skate Park on Saturday, April 16th. Teens that completed the bicycle maintenance and safety course during the week received a FREE up-cycled bicycle with helmet, lights, and a lock. Volunteers worked diligently to fix up bicycles to distribute to nearly 60 Hartford teens at the festival. Volunteer bike mechanics were also on-site to install brakes, lights, and reflectors on bikes during the festival.
BIKE LIFE – Hartford! was made possible through the generous support of our partners – Mary Ellen and Rick Thibodeau, Blue Hills Civic Association, Peace Builders, University of Connecticut, Community Renewal Team, Cycling Concepts, and our BiCi Co. volunteer team.