The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with Linn County Public Health to increase access to bike maintenance education among area youth. Beginning July 10, library staff will be at Redmond Park at 10 am each Monday through July 31 as part of the Mobile Tech Lab “Tech to Go” programming with bike tools, air pump, and a bike work stand. Staff will assist children and teens with information on how to put air in their tire, replace a tire, and other minor basic bike needs.
“Linn County Public Health is excited to partner with the Cedar Rapids Public Library to enhance knowledge among youth and young adults on how to repair and maintain a bicycle,” said Dr. Pramod Dwivedi, Linn County Public Health Director. “This program will take resources for fixing and learning more about bicycles to where people are in our community, such as some of our area parks and neighborhoods.”
The library Mobile Tech Lab visits area parks daily throughout the summer months, bringing story times and technology to neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids.
“We are committed to access and offering opportunities to engage in hands-on learning through our Mobile Tech Lab,” said Dara Schmidt, Library Director. “This new addition gives us an opportunity to engage youth in learning about a maintaining a bicycle, which provides entertainment and exercise while also being a sustainable form of transportation.”
Tech to Go programs are generously sponsored by ITC Midwest, with major funding provided by the Giacoletto Foundation.