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Douglass bike class to take donations of used bikes and accessories Friday

Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 12:48 p.m. CDT; updated 2:57 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 12, 2012
John Reid, left, a teacher at Douglass High School instructs Tim Marler, 15, during a bicycle drill. Reid works with Pedestrian & Pedaling Network to integrate a bicycle transportation unit into his environmental science course.

COLUMBIA — The outdoor science class at Douglass High School will be holding a sale and donation drive for bikes and accessories from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday ., at Douglass' east parking lot.

Students in the class, as well as PedNet and Metro Rotary volunteers, will be accepting any bike, but prefer bike-shop-quality hybrid or mountain bikes.

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These types of bikes easily receive accessories such as lights and fenders, last longer and are more reliable than department store bikes, said Gina Overshiner, PedNet's bicycle program manager and one of the class' teachers.

The donated bikes will be used primarily for the bike class portion of the outdoor science class, Overshiner said. Any extra bikes will be used in similar PedNet bike programs for refugees and veterans.

Volunteers will also be offering some of the used bikes for donations between $5 and $20. The sale will last from noon to 2 p.m. and the money raised will be used to buy supplies needed for the class, such as inner tubes and chains, Overshiner said.

The bike class began in January as part of the outdoor science class, and is taught by Overshiner and John Reid, Douglass' environmental science teacher. It is a joint project of the PedNet Coalition, Douglass High School, and the Columbia Metro Rotary Club, which donated $3,000 to the class in February.

The class teaches bike safety, mechanics and repair and provides transportation to service projects in the community. At the end of the semester, students have an opportunity to keep the bike they have been working on.


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