FAIRFIELD — “My bike needed the tires fixed, and that is expensive,” said Adrian Cerino, of Fairfield.
He brought his bike to the Bay Area Bike Mobile repair van because he didn’t want to give the bike up because of the expense.
“I love my bike. It has been around for years and I want my son to have it when he is older,” Cerino said.
His son is five and just started to ride a bike a few weeks ago. He wants his son to spend time outside instead of on a cellphone or tablet.
“He has his own bike and we go to the park about twice a week. This is a great way for us to spend time together,” Cerino said.
The Bay Area Bike Mobile came to Fairfield to fix bikes for local residents on Saturday at the Fairfield Civic Center Library.
“We heard about them and asked them to come,” said Carol Stuart, library associate for the Solano County Library. “They recieved a grant to get this program up and running.”
Tommy Bensko wrote a grant to start the mobile van after planning to teach a class on bike safety and realizing the children had bikes that were in need of major work, but didn’t have the money to get them fixed, said Steven Morris, of Bay Area Bike Mobile.
“This started in Alameda and has grown to eight different counties. We are part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Spare the Air Youth and Bay Area Air Quality Management District,” Morris said.
“We will fix anything. Some projects are a lot more work than others and that is OK. We want to fix these bikes for people.”
“It’s expensive to fix bikes and I don’t have the tools or expertise to do the work myself. So I brought a couple of bikes in to donate and they can fix them up,” said Kevin Walker, of Sacramento.
His mother, who works for the library, told him about the program and he decided after spending $135 a few days ago to fix a bike, that it would be better to drive over and let the mobile do the work.
The Solano Transportation Authority provided free helmets for the children and the California Highway Patrol donated safety pamphlets and books.
The mobile van will be traveling around the Bay Area over the next few weeks, fixing bikes for local residents.
“I’m not sure where we are going next,” Morris said.
For more information please go to bayareabikemobile.org.
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