Fresh Cycles bicycle repair program to be relaunched

By WBNG News

Fresh Cycles bicycle repair program to be relaunched

November 15, 2013 Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The City of Binghamton Youth Bureau and the Play Hard. Eat Well. Binghamton! project of the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition announced the re-launch of the Fresh Cycles program.

According to a news release issued Friday:

Fresh Cycles is a fun and educational youth program on Binghamton’s North Side out of the Lee Barta Community Center.  Through hands-on tutorials, youth and adults can learn basic bicycle maintenance and repair skills, and earn their own bike. Fresh Cycles breaks the cycles of crime, violence, and poverty in the community and starts “fresh” new cycles of creativity, community collaboration, youth development, and empowerment.
 
Volunteers are needed to help teach classes to youth and adults, and trainings are now being offered for volunteers.  The first training will be held Wednesday November 20th at 6pm, with four additional classes in the series offered every two weeks on Wednesdays.  Space is limited and volunteers must register to participate.
 
Fresh Cycles ran from 2008-2010 but closed down due to lack of volunteers.  The program is being re-launched through a partnership between the City of Binghamton Youth Bureau and the Play Hard. Eat Well. Binghamton! project of the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition.
 
Fresh Cycles is housed in the Lee Barta Community Center, 108 Liberty Street, formerly the Binghamton Police Substation.  The building was rededicated in honor of fallen Binghamton Police Officer Lee Barta in order to provide a space for the Fresh Cycles Youth Program, and was commemorated with a memorial stone in November of 2008. Fresh Cycles is a community-run program and always in need of volunteers, donations, and ideas.