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February 19, 2012

CITY ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF USED BICYCLES TO BENEFIT YOUTH, CYCLE KIDS PROGRAMS

Bikes to be used in bicycle repair workshops for middle school youth; proceeds from sales of repaired bikes to benefit CYCLE Kids Program with Somerville Public Schools.

SOMERVILLE – Continuing its partnership with CYCLE Kids, Inc., the City of Somerville’s Recreation Department will pilot a new bicycle repair program during April vacation for middle school-aged youth, teaching Somerville youth how to repair bicycles, and engaging them in community service projects at the completion of the program. Youth enrolled in the free program, called the “Somerville Bike Fix-a-Thon,” will repair 2-3 bicycles – one to sell back to the community, and one for themselves. On behalf of CYCLE Kids, the City will be accepting donations of bicycles, in any condition, through Friday, April 13th.

Spots in the program will be offered first to graduates of the CYCLE Kids program, which teaches students in 5th grade how to ride a bike, safety measures associated with riding, and the importance of good nutrition for their overall health.

The pilot program will be held for a small group of Somerville residents in grades 6-8, who will work with bicycle mechanics, members of the Somerville Police Department, and CYCLE Kids volunteers to repair bicycles for sale to the general community. All participants will also be able to keep one of the repaired bicycles. Proceeds from any sales, which will be held by participants at SomerStreets, Somerville’s annual communitywide celebration in May, will benefit additional Somerville youth by assisting with the purchase of workbooks used in the CYCLE Kids program, currently offered to every 5th grade student in each of the City’s public elementary schools.

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Contact:

Michael Meehan 617-625-6600, ext. 2620

                        Cell: 617-877-8803

Jackie Rossetti 617-625-6600, ext. 2614

                        Cell:  857-636-2396

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