Menlo Park explored building community through bicycling during the holiday weekend, with a 7.3-mile "unity ride" led by teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula on Saturday, May 24.
The event provided a chance to introduce group rides to the Belle Haven community and engage Menlo Park residents on both sides of U.S. 101, according to Bicycle Commissioner Cindy Welton, who helped organize it.
Facebook contributed 50 bikes to the event for those without their own, while city officials and police were on hand to teach kids how to ride and to ensure a safe trip.
The event also sparked interest in a project to convert shipping containers into a bike workshop on the grounds of the Menlo Park clubhouse, located at 401 Pierce Road.
Jeff Feinman, vice president of clubhouses and high school programs for BGCP, said the workshop will serve three core purposes:
* Act as a space for youth to learn about mechanics and repair techniques that could lead to paid work and provide service to other residents.
* Serve as a gathering spot, complete with smoothies and music.
* Promote an active lifestyle, with teens training younger kids to ride bikes and organizing monthly outings.
Triton donated the shipping containers, and Studio 5K created architectural sketches of the workshop, which is expected to launch this fall.
Mr. Feinman estimated that the club needs to raise $50,000 to complete the workshop.