There is a big push underway to help GObike Buffalo out in a pinch. The invaluable community organization is competing for a chance to win $25,000 from the State Farm® Youth Advisory Board. If GoBike manages to gain nine places in the online polls by the end of the day Friday, they will direct the winning funds towards 10 new Recycle-a-Bicycle classes that will help to outfit disadvantaged kids with bikes.
If you believe that this is a worthy cause, and you want to register to vote for the Buffalo bike-friendly initiative, click here. If GObike Buffalo manages to secure enough votes to make it into the top 40 leader bracket, then we will see a lot more young cyclists out on the road next season.
GObike Buffalo’s Recycle-A-Bicycle program is available for Buffalo Public School students, many of whom rely on bikes to get around town. The class teaches them how to strip a bike down and then how to reassemble it. The knowledge imparted ensures that the kids can keep their own bikes on the road when they break down.
Not only do the kids learn about bike mechanics, they are also taught about road safety. Best of all, the students are able to earn the bikes that they build, if they don’t have their own to work on. Finally, GObike Buffalo will be establishing a youth bicycle club for the school district. The club will be beneficial in helping the students to appreciate the benefits of cycling – health, environmental, transportation, etc.
Please take a few seconds to vote, and show these kids that you care. Let’s get ’em out onto Buffalo’s bike lanes. Voting ends Friday night!