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Bike ShopJessica Luna and Tim Koster fixed a bike recently at The Bike Shop, which opened recently at 554 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
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Bike ShopThe Bike Shop provides opportunities for youths to own a bike who might not otherwise have one. The shop opened recently at 554 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
There's a new bike shop called The Bike Shop that just opened. It is at 554 Central Ave. in Kansas City Kan.
This bike shop is nothing like you will find anywhere in the Midwest.
It is the first not-for-profit bike shop in Kansas City, Kan.
The bike shop offers a program called earn-a-bike. Youths 14 and older may go online and take a bike safety test. To qualify participants must pass the online course by 70 percent.
After they complete the course they will get a certificate. Then the youths may take this certificate to the bike shop and complete a one-on-one safety course with one of the members of the shop. After that the youth will be able to choose from a reconditioned bicycle designated by the program.
For those who don’t want to take the course, another way to earn a bike is to volunteer at the shop during business hours, or when they have wrench nights, which are nights designated for people to come and help get the used bikes up to standard.
Not only does the Bike Shop offer the Earn-a-Bike program. It also sells used bikes as well. These used bikes are reconditioned and sold to pay overhead expenses and to fulfill its mission to get Kansas City cycling safely.
In the future there will be a lot of bike trails and Wyandotte County’s Unified Government is currently doing a lot of research on where to put the bike trails and to make the roads bike friendly.
This is the second not-for-profit Bike Shop in the Kansas City area. Revolve KC started the first Bike Shop located at 5100 Troost in Kansas City, Mo., in August of 2011. The second bike shop opened two months ago at 554 Central Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.
Some organizations in Wyandotte County have decided to get involved in the bicycle movement. The Central Avenue Business Association, where Jessica Luna is a volunteer, is one of the organizations. Jessica is a student at Bishop Ward High School and got involved.
Jessica said she didn’t know there was this much to learn about bicycles, and it was amazing what she’d learned after a day of working at the Bike Shop.
Tim Koster, shop manager, said, “We have over 150 bikes to choose from here at the shop.”
He also said the Bike Shop encourages bike safety, and that’s what it’s all about. He teaches youths how to use proper hand signals when riding their bicycles.
Liz Bejan is from Wyandotte County and grew up in the Strawberry Hill area. After realizing her hometown did not have a truly dedicated not-for-profit bike shop she decided to open up the location on Central Avenue.
“I think this area is so ready to embrace family fun and bicycling,” she said. “Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County is truly ready.” Mayor Mark Holland during the grand opening May 18 rode a bicycle and made a proclamation that May was Bike Month.
For more information, visit the Bike Shop at 554 Central Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Or call the shop at 816-835-3310, or visit the website, www.revolvekc.org.