CoMo Bike Co-op aims to increase bike ridership | Local |

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On the wall of the new CoMo Bike Co-op is a mural that reads, “Where will you go next?” The new co-op wants to make sure that wherever that next destination is, more members of the community will use bikes to get there.

The CoMo Bike Co-op, which will officially open on Jan. 7, 2018, was open to community members Monday morning to showcase its space in the basement of the Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash St.

The co-op will be the home of a community Earn-a-Bike program, as well as providing basic free repairs to low- and middle-income citizens of Columbia. The space will also be used for classes on bicycle education and maintenance. . . .

In the program, students from ages 13-18 will learn to repair donated bicycles. After completing 20 hours of volunteer time, participants will be provided with a refurbished bike, helmet, lights and a lock.

MoBikeFed comment: One of the most successful programs of this type in the entire country is St. Louis BWorks. They provide hands-on bicycle repair and bike ed training--and bikes earned--to hundreds of St. Louis area youth each year.

May the Columbia Bike Co-op be as successful--because there is a certainly a strong need for this type of program in every community in Missouri.

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