Baton Rouge non-profit teaches children how to fix, build bikes

Baton Rouge non profit teaches children how to fix, build bikes
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge non-profit wants to build, repair, or trade bikes to kids who earned them.

Dustin LaFont is the man behind Frond Yard Bikes, and he has started an IndieGoGo fundraiser to help his surrounding community with solutions to own a bike. His goal is to teach children how to care for, fix, and perform maintenance on their bikes.

Through the program, kids get a $5 an hour credit towards a bike of their choosing. Kids who work in the program earn new parts for their bikes, or trade in their old one to begin on a brand new bike.

"They love riding. They love being empowered to fix their ride, to repair it," said LaFont. "They love knowing all their tools. They like breaking them down, fixing them up, and they'll say that I have to make sure that when they are sick and staying home, that they're not coming over here and trying to do things because they feel empowered."

Front Yard Bikes currently works out of a very limited warehouse, but BREC has partnered with the group by giving them a new building on Terrace Street in Downtown.

BREC is letting the non-profit work out of the building rent fee, but the group still needs help the operating costs. They are hoping that some of the money raised from their Indiegogo fundraiser will cover those costs.

Another program that the non-profit handles is the "Build a Bike" program for adults. Through the program, anyone who is 18 or older can buy a bike frame for $50 and build the rest of the bike for themselves.

Since all of the bikes are donated, people can donate $20 to $200 for a high-quality bike.

More information on Front Yard Bikes and their mission can be found HERE.

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