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Empowered Pedals Launches by Eliot Landrum

Submitted by on August 5, 2012 – 8:21 pmNo Comment

Last week I had the opportunity to get a glimpse at a new organization in South Dallas — Empowered Pedals. They are operating under “Project Still I Rise” which is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Empowered Pedals is a unique venture that is designed to cultivate financial literacy, business skills, and workmanship for youth through bicycle repairs.

Learning how to adjust a brake cable

The Empowered Pedals shop provides basic bike repair and maintenance service at a low cost. The participants in the program all work together to learn how to do the repairs, set the price for the repair, and get the bike cleaned up for the customer.

Social Entrepreneurship 101: Providing the Customer with a Repair Invoice

In addition to repair services, Empowered Pedals repairs and resells donated bikes.

After the bike is repaired, participants clean it and polish it up to provide a nice shine.

Income from repairs and bike sales are divided three ways: investment into shop needs (tools, supplies), special education-oriented savings accounts for the participants, and direct cash for each participant.

The Empowered Pedals shop

Visiting the shop even for a few minutes was quite exciting. They are really interested in getting a sustainable business going in their own neighborhood, and are learning a lot of valuable skills in the process. Plus, they have a great opportunity to provide bicycle service to their friends and neighbors.

Dallas Safety Patrol Officer Brendan visits Empowered Pedals

Empowered Pedals is just getting started and they need help with awareness that they exist. Go Like their Facebook page, donate a used bike to them, or schedule a time to bring your bike to them for minor repairs (brakes, gears, tires). In September they are planning on a used bike sale, and later this fall a bike rodeo, a family friendly ride, and a helmet giveaway.

I’m always so encouraged to see new community organizations like this in Dallas. Empowered Pedals is an exciting, young program and I hope they continue to have a successful launch!

Thanks to Chris Catts, who is an AmeriCorp Vista member, for working hard to get this program started. Also thanks to Kevin Mondy, executive director of Empowered Pedals, for providing the photos for this article.

 

Eliot Landrum teaches CyclingSavvy DFW bicycle traffic safety workshops and leads small social rides in East Dallas. Contact him via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Eliot Landrum has been riding bicycles of all shapes and sizes since he was a kid, and has found a new love of cycling in Dallas as an adult. Eliot shares the joy of safe cycling with others through the CyclingSavvy DFW bicycle traffic safety workshops and leading small social rides in East Dallas. You can find his photos and various geeky writings on his personal blog.

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