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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cycling for Change on Chicago's Paseo Boricua

Chicago's West Town Bikes is celebrating its 5th birthday this year. West Town Bikes, a non-profit that focuses on mechanical skills building and cycling awareness for under-served youth, opened a store front in the heart of Paseo Boricua, a Puerto Rican community on the near north side of Chicago, last summer.

West Town Bikes is well known for its youth programs and "build a bike" classes. The non-profit has an innovative and hands-on approach to using cycling as a means of building community, reaching out to youth, and advocating for a healthier city. West Town's youth bike programs focus on how youth interact with their environment. Most of the bikes they use in classes and refurbish/resell at Ciclo Urbano (their storefront location) are taken from trash. 

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