LI Streets wins Park Tools 2019 Community Tools Grant

The 4th Community Tools Grant

The 4th Community Tools Grant

Long Island Streets is one of ten non-profits awarded the 2019 Community Tools Grant from Park Tools.

The Park Tool Community Tool Grant program started in 2016 as a way to help local non-profit organizations from all over the globe with tools and kit to help them “make a difference in their communities”. The ten winners will receive over $1,400 worth of tools, repair stands and kit. That is a lot of tools!

“I am extremely proud of the outreach we are doing here on Long Island where we continue to see the highest rates of bike related fatalities in the State.” - Daniel Flanzig, Board member Long Island Streets, Board New York Bicycle Coalition

“This will enable us to provide hands-on bicycle classes and demonstrations that will empower people with skills they need to maintain safe bicycles- from fixing flats to adjusting brakes- knowing basic bike mechanics are an invaluable tool for a better biking experience. When you have to rely on someone else for basic fixes, or if you struggle with broken parts due to lack of maintenance…well that’s one less positive experience, not to mention dangerous. We aim to fix that - and can now with this Community Tools Grant.” -Allison Blanchette, Executive Director, Long Island Streets

On deck:

  • The Sea Cliff Elementary School assembly in April & Bike to School Day in May we will be doing a fun Bike Anatomy workshop with the students as well as light bike maintenance the morning of the ride.

  • In Long Beach, we are piloting a bicycle education program through the Long Beach STEAM Academy with City of Long Beach Councilwoman Anissa Moore and Chris Arceneaux from the Darby Foundation.

  • Bicycle Maintenance workshops planned for Bike Month in May- check the calendar section for updates.

The other nine winners are incredible organizations - check them out!

Bike Friendly South Dallas — Dallas, TX: Bike Friendly South Dallas is a group of bicycling enthusiasts that provide bicycle maintenance, re-furbished bicycles, cycling safety & education to the underserved neighborhoods of South Dallas using a series of Pop-Up Bike shops, community events and a local community We-Cycle bike shop.

Pedal Power MN — Minneapolis, MN: Pedal Power MN is a school-based cycling organization growing out of the Minneapolis Public Schools. We teach all 4th graders how to ride a bike. Currently about 35% of incoming 4th graders cannot ride a bike at all. After children learn to ride a bike, we switch our programming to riding to destinations all over the city of Minneapolis. We provide the expertise and training for Minneapolis teachers to lead school-based bicycling programs.

NACA / Cycles of Life — Albuquerque, NM: The Native American Community Academy (NACA) is an innovative, community-led charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico serving grades 6–12 dedicated to providing rigorous, culturally integrated education for Native American youth. Cycles of Life is a primary partner in this work, and recently secured 45 new bikes for NACA students. Cycles of Life creates a space that supports, encourages, and strengthens youth to realize their innate potential as compassionate leaders for the 21st century through Bicycling, Gardening, and Art.

Norte Youth Cycling — Traverse City, MI: Norte is a youth-focused bike/walk advocacy nonprofit organization based in Traverse City serving northwestern lower Michigan. Norte was originally created to provide a solution to the problem of long car lines wrapping around neighborhood schools through bicycling to school but quickly filled the bicycle education void in the region and has been adding more to its repertoire ever since.

Gate City Bike Co-Op — Nashua, NH: Gate City Bike Co-op collects unwanted bicycles, repairs them, and gives them away to low income residents of the greater Nashua, NH area. 100% volunteer run and largely self-funded, GCBC began operations in 2017 with the goal of providing reliable, year-round transportation to low income residents in the greater Nashua area. They have approximately 25 regular volunteers. 

Insersol — Hellemmes, France: With a staff of 13 workers and 30 volunteers, Inersol is an organization that serves people in its area that are dealing with social and economic issues. With projects directed to the different needs of the population, including a social grocery, cultural community center, gardening, and their new project is to develop a bike workshop to help those same people repair their bicycles.

Pathways To Graduation — Brooklyn, NY: The Bike Repair and Mechanics (BRAM) Program is designed as an after-school CTE (Career technical Education) geared toward skill-building and workforce development. The program serves students who are overage (17+) and under-credited pursuing a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. The students are either seeking a new chance after an interrupted education or are recent immigrants to the U.S.

The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center — Brainerd, MN: The Brainerd-Baxter Youth Center serves at risk and homeless transitional age youth (14–22). The programs and projects work within the culture of marginalized youth and provide a variety of opportunities to develop social and emotional skills and in doing so learn workplace protocols to help them in their future paths towards autonomy. These youth are the future of the rural MN community and their best future possible is the goal.

Recyke y’bike — Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Recyke y’bike is an organization that has 4 main goals: To develop the skills and improve the quality of life of people experiencing social or economic disadvantages in the North East of England. To improve the health of the public by promoting cycling and making it affordable. To advance the education of all ages of the public in the safe use, re-use and maintenance of bicycles. The protection and preservation of the environment for the public benefit by saving bicycles from landfill and promoting bicycle re-use and recycling.