Tawn Kennedy of Greenways to School is introducing a new program that lets Watsonville kids earn bikes by helping out their community. Students at an eight-week summer Bike Tech class at Pajaro Valley High School can work for a new set of wheels by volunteering— helping at school gardens, or with events, for example.
“I just wanted to provide a way for youth to get bikes, and also give them a way to start to see themselves as role models,” says Kennedy.
Kennedy says cycling has grown more popular among kids in Watsonville. Things are moving in terms of policy too, with more than $1 million in funding through the RTC to build part of the Santa Cruz Rail Trail in Watsonville. The stretch is about three quarters of a mile, and will connect Lee Road to the Wetland Trail System.
For information on how to donate a bike, visit greenways2school.org.