Repairing bikes to keep kids off the streets, out of gangs - WNCT

Repairing bikes to keep kids off the streets, out of gangs

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

More than a dozen bicycles, formerly used for Greenville Police patrols, are now part of a teen gang prevention program.

Officers delivered the surplus bikes to the Building Hope Community Life Center on 9th Street Friday.
     
The center focuses on gang and drop-out prevention programs for neighborhood kids. It also includes the Recycle Bike Shop which gives teens the opportunity to repair old bikes, earn a paycheck and learn what it takes to run a small business.

"The other thing it does, as we know, all youth are at-risk," says Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden. "But the difference between youth that choose the right path and youth that don't is the overloading of protective factors to mitigate the risk factors. And that's what this organization does."

Program leaders bought the entire lot of surplus bikes from the police department for $1.

To learn more, visit the Recycle Bike Shop website.

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