Posts Tagged ‘youth’

Educating and empowering young green advocates

Monday, October 25th, 2010

To be successful, it is critical that bike and trail advocates have a diverse voice.

That’s one reason we remind others that efforts like Complete Streets are not just about Lycra-clad cyclists.

For example, the AARP is one of the major advocates for Complete Streets. Why?

In a poll conducted for the AARP study, 40 percent of adults age 50 and over said the sidewalks in their neighborhoods are inadequate. Nearly 50 percent reported they cannot cross main roads close to their home safely, yet half of them would walk, bicycle or take a bus more often if the problems were fixed.

Mobility activists assert that the best way to address these problems is with “complete streets” policies, which allow pedestrians, bicyclists and those who use public transportation to share the road safely and comfortably with automobiles.

And at the other end of the age spectrum, MTGA recently led guided tours of the Dequindre Cut and Detroit RiverWalk to Councilmember Cockrel’s Green Task Force Youth Committee and the Great Lakes  Bioneers Detroit.

Building an interest in trails for these younger groups is clearly important, as is making the connection between walking, biking and being green.

But it’s also key that we encourage their active participation in programming and advocacy. They are a key stakeholder.

The more they can be involved in these efforts now, the more likely they will continue making Detroit more walkable, bikeable, and green.

Safe Streets Youth Ride on August 28th

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

From The Hub of Detroit. Note that the ride begins at 2:30pm at the Hub of Detroit (3611 Cass Avenue in Detroit):

Thank you to everyone who made the 1st Annual Safe Streets Youth Ride an incredible success! Your donations and support keep the youth education programs at The Hub of Detroit going strong.

Everyone had a blast cruising with signs and streamers through Eastern Market, The Heidelberg Project, the Riverwalk, and downtown! Check for the action pictures we took on the ride, which we’ll post as soon as we gather them.

We have begun planning the 2nd Annual Safe Streets Youth Ride for August 28th 2010, and we are excited to announce that registration is now open! You can continue to support the program and its future graduates by registering for your ticket now!

Please register for an Adult Cyclist ticket ($25) to attend the August 28th 2010 ride, or specify the donation of your choice if you want to give without attending the ride. All donations support The Hub’s youth education programs.

The Hub seeks youth for bike mechanic-in-training

Monday, June 7th, 2010

From the Hub of Detroit web site:

Detroit-based cycling non-profit seeks motivated and qualified high school-age youth (14-18 years old) to enroll in our Mechanic-in-Training apprenticeship program. Duties include assisting with the Youth Earn-a-Bike program, organizing and cleaning the shop space, basic bicycle assembly and repair. The length of the apprenticeship is 10 weeks.

The Hub of Detroit is a Cass Corridor-based non-profit organization that provides cycling education and services to the local community, including a free bicycle program for youth as well as coordination with area schools and charitable institutions.


  • Assisting with the Youth Earn-a-Bike program
  • General shop cleanliness and organization
  • Assisting shop manager with incidental operations, including basic bicycle repair and assembly

Position Requirements

  • Successful candidates will have previous experience in the following areas:
  • Customer service
  • Bicycle repair
  • Working with elementary- and middle school-age youth

In addition, the following skills and experiences are also desirable:

  • Professional attitude and teamwork ethic
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Hustle

Please submit a resume in person or via email ( to the Hub of Detroit by June 11th

The Hub of Detroit is located at 3611 Cass Avenue in Detroit. Their phone number is (313) 879-5073.

Help the Hub: Safe Streets Youth Ride Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Safe Streets Youth RideThe Hub of Detroit is a great resource for Detroiters looking to get a great deal on a used, functional, and often hip bicycle.

Located in the Cass Corridor, they also help Detroit youth get into bicycling and bicycling repair.

Here’s a great opportunity for a nice afternoon ride in Detroit that will help fund their youth education program:

Saturday August 1st, 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM @ The Hub of Detroit, 3611 Cass Ave.

Join the youth graduates of The Hub’s Earn-A-Bike program on a city of Detroit bike tour. ?This is an opportunity for the youth, ages 6-18, to take the bikes they have built during the program on the road and ride with adult role-model cyclists.

  • Route includes the Eastern Market, Heidelberg Project, Riverwalk, Downtown, Cass Corridor, and more places of interest along the way.
  • Ride ends at the U-M Detroit Center for refreshments and snacks.

Register Online:

All proceeds will support The Hub’s youth education programs.

$25 Adult Tickets
$10 with Student ID