Day One, a nonprofit youth advocacy organization, is partnering with the Pasadena Department of Transportation, the Pasadena Unified School District and Active SGV to repair bicycles for free as long as the owners make appointments by phone or email and bring the bike on the appointed day and time.
The free bike repair service will be set up to ensure safe physical distancing and appropriate disinfection. No drop-in support or service will be provided. Appointment time slots will be spaced in 30-minute increments to prevent multiple community members arriving on site.
“PUSD families have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our free bike repair service we aim to lift some of the financial burden of bike upkeep from participants during this economic crisis,” Day One said on its website.
Bicycle repair is considered an “Essential Service” under county and state Stay-at-Home guidelines. By repairing bikes, Day One hopes riders will be able to participate in the Pasadena Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program when it is safe to do so.
The SRTS is an initiative that aims to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to walk or bicycle to and from school. Currently, the program is on hold due to COVID-19.
Service will consist of free basic bicycle repair services, plus online education for PUSD students and families who are unlikely to be able to afford such services at this time.
When setting up an appointment, bike owners will be asked what type of bikes they need service on, what the issue is, and other basic information. Bikes left overnight will be stored and locked on site, but owners must assume liability.
After a bike is repaired, the owners are encouraged to take a picture and post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the tag @PasadenaSafeRoutes for a chance to win a prize.
To sign up for the services, visit www.godayone.org/bikerepair.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (323) 419-2301.