Biddeford bike center grows, expands

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Biddeford bike center grows, expands

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:33 am

Biddeford bike center grows, expands
The nonprofit's new home means more programs for the city's youths.

BIDDEFORD — Cam Roy was building a cellphone charger at the Community Bicycle Center on Friday, as four novice bike mechanics worked behind him. Roy, 13, is just one of more than 300 local youths who came to the center because he liked bikes, but discovered new interests here as well. “We try to find what their passions are, and try to ignite those passions,” said Andy Grief, the center’s executive director. “We know Cam is interested in electricity. We have a volunteer who works at Pratt & Whitney (known for its engine technology) who’s going to show him around there.” This fall, the nonprofit bike center will celebrate its 10th anniversary and Grief, its founder, has much to smile about. The center moved into a new space in September after a successful $454,000 fundraising campaign. Last year the center served 302 youth riders. In March alone, during one of the coldest winters, 323 kids came to the center to ride, work on bikes, or teach bike mechanics to others. ... s-expands/
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