Matt Martinez is the executive director of Dream Bikes, a non-profit organization that strategically places used bicycle stores in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to provide hands-on, paid job training to teens. Dream Bikes has refurbished and returned more than 10,000 bikes to service, and operates two shops in Wisconsin.
We ask Matt:
- Is there a lot of demand for bike mechanics? How does the pay for professional mechanics compare to other jobs?
- What kind of impact can access to affordable bikes have on communities?
- Are you seeing increased demand for bikes during the pandemic?
- Beyond providing repairs and selling bikes, how does a thriving local bike shop impact neighborhoods?
- Is there an environmental aspect to your mission?
- Beyond the training your group provides, what is the value of a more formal bike repair education?
- Does a lack of infrastructure like bike lanes or even trails limit the reach or utility of the program in the communities where you operate?
- What are some ways mountain bikers can help your organization?
- Are there other opportunities to help communities through bikes? What is the greatest need you’re currently unable to meet?
Learn more at dream-bikes.org.
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