The Bike Wrangler program was created in summer 2010 and is supported by a grant from the L.A. County Department of Health. The Bike Wrangler program is an initiative created by the County Cycling Collaborative (CCC) which includes LACBC, the Bicycle Kitchen, the Bikerowave, the Bike Oven, the Valley Bikery and C.I.C.L.E. The Bike Wrangler works to recover abandoned bicycles and redistribute them to underserved communities. The LACBC will work with C.I.C.L.E. to distribute recovered bicycles at its community riding workshops which will be funded under the same grant.
The grant lasts two years and funds various anti-smoking, nutrition and physical activity programs throughout the county. Among the components that bicyclists would be most interested in include bicycle master planning, complete streets initiatives, transit-oriented development plans, and the work of the CCC.
LACBC is taking the lead on the Bike Wrangler, though the Wrangler will definitely work closely with the four wrenching co-ops. C.I.C.L.E. is taking the lead on the workshops and rides, which will teach safe riding skills, help new riders learn basic bike maintenance/repair, and get folks up riding bikes.
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