Riding Bikes Toward Recovery

BikeWalkKC recently held a special session of Confident City Cycling in partnership with Artists Helping the Homeless. Three men from Welcome House, a nonprofit, sober living recovery program, completed the course over two weekends in August.

Confident City Cycling (CCC) teaches basic bicycle maintenance, rules of the road, and safe riding habits. Participants learn through a portion of classroom-style education and on-bike drills and riding practice. This sets them up to be informed, safe, road-ready bicycle commuters.

All participants from this round of CCC received a set of lights, a helmet, a lock, and a bike. The bikes are provided through community donations, and fixed up as needed by BikeWalkKC’s mechanics.

Inhabitants of Welcome House are in transition from treatment facilities or incarceration, and typically don’t own a vehicle. Newly equipped with a bike of their own, these men now have economical and reliable transportation to pursue work and reintegration into society.

If you would like to support BikeWalkKC’s efforts to make the metro safer for active transportation, you can donate your own out-of-use bicycles or become a member.

Questions? Contact education@bikewalkkc.org to learn more.

 

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