By the end of my AmeriCorps term of service, I knew that getting the kids to school is a major struggle for many DPS families. While some students are simply not interested in going to school, others lack reliable transportation, which makes getting to school a difficult task. I spent many hours in the call center speaking with parents who had trouble getting their children to school. For my summer project, I decided to confront this sticky situation by promoting biking as an alternative means of transportation to school.
I had two primary goals for my summer project: increasing access to bicycles for DPS families in Northwest Denver and providing information about biking for transportation. This summer I organized a bike give-away for DPS students in order to increase access to bikes. In collaboration with Groundwork Denver and 3t Ministry, we gave away more than 50 bikes to DPS students at the Better Block- Jefferson Park event. The students donated canned food for the Denver Rescue Mission in exchange for their bikes, helmets, and locks. The event was a success, and the students greatly appreciated their new bikes. They biked away with big, bright smiles on their faces!
In order to further promote biking, I created a video called Bike Power (see below). This video demonstrates the benefits of biking in Denver and shows different ways that families can get involved with local, nonprofit bike organizations. To make the video, I spoke with many people who are involved with Denver’s bike scene. They had some very interesting things to say! Please feel free to view and share this video as you’d like.
Thank you – Merrill Schmidt