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Kids "Earn-a-bike" while learning discipline and bike mechanics

Every Tuesday for the next eight weeks, a group of kids from the Evansville Boys and Girls Club will be working alongside Evansville Police Officers and a mechanic to repair bikes.

"I like working with the kids, the kids are interested in learning how to maintain their bikes," says bike mechanic Gerry Beck, of Gilles Cycling and Fitness.

But these aren't just any bikes they got under the Christmas tree. 

"We go to the police department's salvage yard, so all of our bikes that were picked out have been sitting outside in the rain for a minimum of six months. They need to be cleaned up," says Richard Johnson, a unit director at the Boys and Girls Club.

Kids learn how to change a flat tire, replace the brakes, or gears and everything in-between.

"It teaches them responsibility, number one. To take care of their bikes and how to take care of something," says officer Anna Gray.

After eight weeks of working on the bikes, the kids get to keep them.

"They enjoy what they're doing, and they're learning. I think that's the biggest thing. I don't think they understand they're learning but they are," says Johnson.

This is the second year for the program. It is funded through a grant from the Evansville Area Trails Coalition.

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