2009-02-13 / School News

Local Students Learn To Repair Bikes

PS 43 student changes the inner tube of a tire.
Local residents recently teamed up with documentary filmmaker Marcus Burnett at an RWA "Environmentor" After School session. Burnet led the session, in which PS 43 Beacon middle schoolers participated, on bike maintenance and repairs to promote transportation alternatives. The students learned to patch a tire and also learned basic safety tips on biking.

Burnett's recent film "Recycle a Bike," is a documentary which showcases kids and educators who established the original program in the Bronx. Students also watched the film and talked to Burnett about the program and filming process.

"As a longtime cyclist, there is a real need for advocacy for transportation alternatives to reduce carbon emissions. Starting a recycle a bike program in Rockaway would be a great way to teach kids to ride safely and recycle bike parts to create their own. The program in the Bronx really built confidence among the kids and was something many of the kids enjoyed so much that after years of working after school in the bike shop, they ended up getting staff positions with the 'Recycle-A-Bike' organization."

Students go over the maintenance of bikes with Marcus Burnett.
Just this year, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance reached out to the city's "City Racks Program" to have bike racks installed in front of all the local schools to encourage both the students and faculty to start riding their bikes to school. PS 43 was the first school to receive bike racks, which were installed prior to the class so the students were able to bring their own bikes for repair.
Students work together to pump the tire up after the repair.

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