ST. PAUL — The Community Partners Bike Library, a program of the nonprofit community bike shop Cycles for Change in Saint Paul, will deliver bicycles for loan to clients of the Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning on Friday, April 27.
The Hubbs Center is an Adult Basic Education program of the Saint Paul Public Schools’ Community Education Department serving adult learners including immigrants and refugees from Southeast Asia. The mission of Saint Paul Public Schools Adult Basic Education is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to be self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.
During the orientation, CPBL staff and volunteers will provide safe cycling education for participants at the Hubbs Center, followed by hands-on practice fitting a helmet, loading a bicycle onto a Metro Transit bus rack and locking a bike properly. All participants will “check out” a bike, pre-customized for their needs and preferences, which they will borrow for up to six months with ongoing programmatic support and education provided by CPBL staff.
The orientation is the seventh in a series of 19 to take place in April and May at Twin Cities organizations partnering with the CPBL to provide bikes and safe cycling education to low-income and traditionally marginalized community members, including immigrants, refugees, women and people of color. The CPBL will loan out 250 bikes in the 2012 season.