Having a bike is a part of growing up that not only creates memories, it also promotes a devotion to fitness that lasts a lifetime.
To that end, Advancing Macomb along with partners No Bike Left Behind, CARE of Southeast Michigan, Macomb County Executive Office, Leadership Macomb, Thoughtful Missions are prepping for its first ever community-wide bike drive campaign for Macomb County.
Volunteers are prepping 500 plus bikes at two locations, Belmont Shopping Center 1900 E. 8 Mile Road (8 & Dequindre) back entrance and Macomb Central Action Center 196 N. Rose Street Mount Clemens, MI 48043 side entrance on Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for its upcoming giveaway May 20th.
“It all began with the thought that we could mobilize more kids around Macomb County by getting them on bikes,” said Melissa Roy, executive director of Advancing Macomb and the mastermind behind the initiative. “What we ended up with is a program that has brought our community together, a show of force throughout Macomb County and almost 600 bikes for kids on the east side and their families.”
Roy said getting kids on bikes will give them more access to recreation. “(It) improves their fitness and healthy activity, provides them with a low-cost source of fun, gives kids a way to get to know their local area and even helps their mental health through the increase in physical exercise.”
Program Sponsors are AIT Worldwide Logistics, Belmont Shopping Center, Macomb County Community Action, Paul’s Bike Depot, CMS Energy, Macomb Bike & Fitness, Macomb Intermediate School District, Meijer, Hunchfree, Slow Spokes Bike Club, Chemical Bank, St. John Providence, HAP, Sorrento Pizza, Slow Spokes Bicycle Club. A special thank you to Belmont Shopping Center, Macomb County Community Action, Commercial Freight Services, and AIT for bike storage and shipment.
Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group led by over 20 leading employers, three principal business organizations and the largest higher educational institution in Macomb County, an area encompassing approximately 900,000 residents and 18,000 businesses. Our organization is committed to enhancing local communities by leveraging a unified civic leadership voice throughout the Detroit region.
Photos courtesy of Advancing Macomb