As part of the Harvard Allston Education Portal’s (Ed Portal’s) wellness and recreation program offerings for the Allston-Brighton community, the Ed Portal partnered with the Allston-Brighton-based non-profit CommonWheels Bicycle Collective to offer a “Family Bike Day” inside the Education Portal’s annex in December.
CommonWheels’ mission is to empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives, and as such the program at the Ed Portal was designed to encourage both children and adults to improve their bike riding skills. Members of CommonWheels provided attendees with instructions and tips on how to ride, navigate obstacles, and stop safely, and attendees were able to practice these riding skills in a course set up by the collective. CommonWheels also provided each child in attendance with a free helmet, instructing children and parents how to select a helmet that fits properly and how to wear it securely.
The program concluded with a free raffle in which two children each received a free bike, courtesy of CommonWheels. Members of the collaborative also offered free bicycle repairs and tune-ups for attendees who brought their bikes.
This program was one of several programs hosted by CommonWheels this fall at the Ed Portal and the Harvard Allston Farmers’ Market on bicycle riding, safety, and bike maintenance. Additional programs will be announced for this winter and spring.