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KCK Program Provides Kids with Free Bikes, Skills

Bike-repair(Flickr photo: John Wobert)KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A program aimed at encouraging self-reliance and physical activity among poor inner-city children not only provides them with bikes, but also teaches them to maintain their refurbished rides.  The Kansas City Star reports that 25-year-old Ben Alexander was working at a community center when a seventh-grader started asking questions about how he biked to and from work. The boy said they should fix up bikes for children because few in the neighborhood had any.  More than 1,000 young people have graduated since 2011 from the FreeWheels bike safety classes that Alexander has taken to Kansas City, Kansas, middle schools, apartment complexes and social service agencies. And hundreds have been given bikes through the group's Earn-a-Bike program, where kids learn how to take apart bicycles and put them back together.




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