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Cycles for Change Celebrates Expansion at 712 University Avenue

by Jason Tanzman, Cycles for Change
June 13, 2012

Cycles for Change, with funding support from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, is expanding its space to occupy the storefront at 712 University Avenue.  Previously located down the hall at the same address, Cycles for Change’s expansion will enable expanded retail hours, a larger community shop for bike programs, and increased neighborhood visibility as a community bike center.

Founded in 2001, the mission of Cycles for Change (C4C) is to be an open, accessible space to educate and empower people to use bicycles as transportation, helping to build a sustainable environment and strong communities.  By providing free classes in bike maintenance and repair, youth education and employment programs, commuter education classes, and donations of bikes and helmets, C4C seeks to realize a vision of social responsibility, personal empowerment, active transportation choices, environmental stewardship and economic self-sufficiency.

The New Space Expansion and Summer Celebration will take place on Monday, June 18 from 5-7pm, with a brief presentation at 6pm providing program updates and highlighting exciting new initiatives scheduled for this year. Cycles for Change focuses its bike education and access programs on reaching low-income and under-served populations, helping to make sure that all people have access to a bike and the knowledge and skills to ride that bike safely and confidently.

With the Central Corridor Light Rail train coming down University, it is critical to support community investments that help ensure that the benefits of transportation investments are shared equitably.  Through its grassroots programming, Cycles for Change works to expand the set of transportation choices available to low-income and under-served community members in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods of St. Paul.  All Metro Transit buses and trains are equipped to transport bicycles, making multi-modal transit a viable option; stop into Cycles for Change and try out our Metro Transit bus bike rack!

Contact Development and Outreach Director Jason Tanzman at Jason@cyclesforchange.org or at 612-232-2737 with questions.  See you on June 18th!