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Building Community Through Bike Repair

Kids walk out of an Earn-A-Bike program in Indianapolis with life skills and a new set of wheels.
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Freewheelin' Community Bikes

The back half of Freewheelin’ Community Bikes in Mapleton-Fall Creek, is an enormous workspace: spare tires hang from the ceilings, and wooden workbenches litter the floors. It’s standard fare for a bike-repair operation, but for the local kids who go through Freewheelin’s Earn-A-Bike program, it’s a second home.

Freewheelin’ opened as a bike co-op in the basement of a local church in 2008, says Holly Titus, the organization’s executive director. Looking to bike restoration programs at co-ops in cities like Minneapolis and Chicago, Freewheelin’ moved to a larger space and established its Earn-A-Bike program in 2010.