December 4, 2022

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Nonprofit group expects to open at site of former bike shop | Local News

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BENNINGTON — Bennington will soon sign up for Burlington and a smaller variety of other Vermont communities by currently being household to a nonprofit bicycle product sales and repair service center.

The Bike Hub, a nonprofit that formed in component to protect bicycle expert services in the place right after the closure of Highlander Bicycle, declared Monday that it has ordered the remaining assets of the shop and acquired a lease for the 160 Benmont Ave. Mill spot.

“We’re shifting as rapid as we can to open up,” mentioned Al Bashevkin, president of the nonprofit center’s board. “We’re psyched to improve into a vivid place with comprehensive services and sturdy courses, and we know that many families are experience the instant need to have for regional bicycle tune-ups, revenue and systems while the climate is pleasant, and kids are out of faculty. Elevating resources to employ the service of workers and enhance our stock is essential to our complete opening.”

HOPE TO Open Soon

Bike Hub leaders mentioned they hope to host an open up residence and commence minimal hours, serviced by volunteers, as shortly as upcoming thirty day period.

For now, the group is searching for to employ the service of a lead mechanic, recruit volunteers and elevate funds to assist open the shop doorways, said Bashevskin and Bike Hub board member Madison Kremer in a statement.

Any person intrigued in supporting the endeavours or making use of for the position can email [email protected] or go to ourbikehub.com.

“I am so fired up to see this new undertaking get launched,” claimed Peter Corridor of Highlander Bicycle. “It has been wonderful to see this eyesight evolve and appear to fruition. I am delighted that the Bennington region will after once again have a neighborhood bike store, and that further programming will be additional to improve the biking community and encourage wholesome lifestyles.”

Bike CLINICS AND Extra

The Bike Hub will present chances not usual of a for-financial gain undertaking, the group users explained, together with a focus on youth mentorship, bike security workshops and advocacy, cost-effective pricing on bikes and repairs, volunteer-run bike mend clinics and additional.

The group’s said mission is “to boost nutritious lifestyles, to empower youth via creating abilities, self esteem and independence, to make biking available and safer for all, to build a powerful biking tradition and community, and to encourage the use of bicycles for transportation, as effectively as entertaining, health and fitness and journey.”

By obtaining the assets of an set up previous store that is around the before long-to-be opened Benmont Rail Path, Bike Hub customers explained they hope to move swiftly to develop expert services and programs.

Members said the Bicycle Hub was shaped with the eyesight of the tri-condition region all around Bennington turning out to be “a dynamic cycling community where by bikes are available to all, the place health and wellness are celebrated, wherever younger people today are empowered, and in which biking is a lifelong exercise.”

They stated they hope to emulate nonprofit bicycle corporations like Burlington’s The Aged Spokes Home.

Jim Therrien writes for Vermont Information and Media, which includes the Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and Brattleboro Reformer. E mail [email protected]

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