My good friend Neil Leifer, a teacher, philanthropist, and former attorney, helped to spearhead a remarkable program in Boston this summer. Partnering with the nonprofit Bikes Not Bombs and Body by Brandy Fitness Center, the "On My Way, On My Bike" program offers inner-city youth an opportunity to learn about bikes and bike maintenance, and earn their own bike at the end of the program. But the program is about so much more than just bicycling.
From yesterday's story in the Boston Globe: The new summer program emphasizes fitness, self-esteem, and self-confidence, and the children are encouraged to participate in year-round activities of Bikes Not Bombs, which is dedicated to peace and social change. In fact, the youth instructors at On My Way are alumni of Bikes Not Bombs, and they will speak to the participants about guns and violence and how to avoid them.
Kudos to Neil and the many others who dedicated themselves to making this pilot program a reality. Much continued success!! (and let me know when it's ready to expand into the Baltimore market)