OAKLAND, Calif., – 20 May 2016 – On June 11 2016, The Original Scraper Bike Team will be leading a bicycle ride around East Oakland to celebrate the grand opening of its first youth-led bike shop for the community. The unveiling of “The Shed” is in partnership with the Oakland Public Library and Bike East Bay.
The festivities begin at 12:00pm, June 11, with a group bike ride starting at the 81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Ave., and proceeding along the Bay Trail, winding up at the “The Shed,” located at MLK Library, International Blvd & 69th Ave. Upon arrival, the party will begin, featuring traditional and vegetarian barbeque, bike-blender smoothies (from a blender powered by bicycles), bike-streamer crafts, bubbles, games, prizes, and more, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the MLK Branch. Attendees are encouraged to bring out their best scraper bikes
This project began in response to the lack of bike shops in East Oakland at a fix-it clinic run by library staff and scraper-bike volunteers at the 81st Avenue Branch of Oakland Public Library. The new dedicated Scraper Bike Shed, housed in a former shipping container, is the latest step in the Scraper Bike Movement, which gives youth in dangerous communities a positive outlet that is fun, educational and promotes healthy lifestyles.
About The Shed
The Original Scraper Bike team has helped youth in East Oakland to refurbish, fix, repair, and customize bikes of all styles since 2008, sparking creativity by promoting positive leadership, and a bike as a alternate transportation choice to hundreds of youth and lower income residents each year.
For the first time ever, The Scraper Bike Team will have a dedicated, youth-lead bike shop space to help even more community members of all ages fix up their bikes, learn new skills, and help make their community even greater. At a Oakland Public Library.
In 2015, 81st ave library start a bike fix-it clinic. Seeing that there was no bike shops locally, library staff & scraper bike volunteers began offering free bike workshop. Where Patriots could come get minor bike repairs, tuneups and/ or decorations for there bike.now most libraries have Bike parking & locks for visiting patriots.