Rhodes with shop regular, Anthony Curbeam.
This week, the Baltimore Sun featured a story on the Baltimore Youth Kinetic Energy Collective (BYKE), a project started by 2015 OSI Community Fellow, Chavi Rhodes. WJZ also ran a feature on Rhodes and her project.
Rhodes noticed many of the young people who were trying to use DIY repair spaces in the city were getting kicked out, if they were allowed in at all. She founded BYKE to address the lack of space and resources for young cyclists. BYKE not only provides safe space, but is a way for young people to learn bicycle mechanics, practice respectful safe ridership and build community. It’s also gives kids a chance to earn a bike of their own.
Rhodes is currently developing more violence prevention training at the shop, too.