Sunday, December 20, 2015

Herndon Middle School Bike Shop Brings Bikes and Joy

HMS Bike Shop members

Local students participating in Herndon Middle School’s after-school bike shop program last Saturday gave away 22 bicycles that they had repaired and prepared for neighborhood children who might not otherwise have a bike. The chilly Saturday morning was warmed by the pleasure of the recipients and the satisfaction of the young bike mechanics.

Two proud new bikers.

The after-school bike shop this fall was run by Kelley Westenhoff with assistance from mechanic Matt Meyer (Green Lizard Cycling), mechanic Aaron Morgan (A1 Cycling), and Reston Bike Club member Ed Robichaud. Other volunteers included Pete Fox and Ken Thompson.

The students turned bikes donated by the community into “nearly new” condition with a combination of repair and cleaning. The students gained valuable bicycle maintenance and repair skills along with an appreciation for--and sense of accomplishment from--doing something for others.

Reston Bike Club helmet station.

Reston Bike Club provided free helmets for the children whose parents brought them to HMS on Saturday for the giveaway. 

Sally Smallwood, Fairfax County Public Schools Safe Routes to School coordinator, was on hand to run the new riders through a bike safety course, ensuring they start their biking journey with a better understanding of bike control and safety principles.

New rider learning the "ropes"
of bike control and safety.

During the coming spring semester in 2016 the students in the HMS bike shop plan to repair and restore even more bicycles with the goal of selling them to raise funds to support the program.

Happy owner of bike refurbished by HMS Bike Shop.

Excited new rider.

Bike Shop members and friends.

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