The Douglass Bike Project is a cooperative effort between Pednet and Douglass High School to introduce students in the Outdoor Science class to bicycles as transportation as well as recreation. Goals for the students include:
- Learn safe and confident cycling skills, for both transportation and recreation
- Learn bicycle maintenance and repair
- Have an opportunity to earn a high quality donated bike by refurbishing it, and learning how to maintain it in good operating condition
- Gain an appreciation for inexpensive, sustainable and healthy transportation options
- Feel encouraged to attend school regularly, and motivated to do well
Many of the students that Douglass serves do not have access to reliable transportation options, and some have never owned or learned to ride a bike. Getting these at-risk teens on bicycles introduces them to new outdoor recreation possibilities that can help them stay healthy and active throughout their lives. More importantly, a quality bicycle offers a safe and viable means of transportation for these students, who often do not have access to a car. Many of them must rely on a limited public transportation system or finding rides from acquaintances when they need to go places. The lack of readily accessible, reliable transportation can make it difficult to get to school, work or other appointments.
The Douglass Bike Project strives to be a positive force in an under-served community, and helps empower teens by giving them more control over their own lives.