Fender Bender is a women and gender nonconforming collaborative bike shop and mechanic training experience in Detroit. We learn intensive bike repair skills, safe riding practices, ride together weekly, and explore ways we can heal and grow from within our communities, using the bicycle to empower.
The Specifics: What will the $2,500 fund?
Bicycles are a key agent to creating accessible and reliable mobility for people in a city that has almost 140 square miles, a dismantled public transportation system, unaffordable car insurance rates, and a high population of formerly incarcerated people. Fender Bender is a transformational agent to provide access to fair, stable, empowering transportation.
We would use the money from Empower Women and Girls for the materials and equipment for our mechanic training course. This includes:
Bike repair tools
Bulk inner tubes
Bulk patch kits
10 bike maintenance manuals
10 bike light sets
There’s 9 days left to vote. Please register and verify your vote, show some lovely people doing lovely things in good ole lovely Detroit some love. Love love love, etc.
Signal boost please!
My sister has actually attended several of their workshops. Please vote for them!
Small world! Who’s your sister?
ALSO UPDATE WE’RE IN SECOND PLACE NOW. Many thanks to anyone who reblogs or votes. <3
Still in second place. Going to annoy everyone with how often I post this. But Sarah and the rest of the women work SO HARD and they could really really use the monies.
We know the bicycle is not only accessible, stable, and fair transportation, but also a vehicle for transformation. We offer a 7-week bicycle mechanic training program to women, queer, and gender non-conforming residents of Detroit. We learn intensive bike repair skills, safe riding practices, ride together weekly, and explore ways we can heal and grow our communities using the bicycle to empower. We seek to stimulate and reflect the wants, needs, and imaginations of our communities in the way we operate the shop, facilitate programming, in our daily lives, relationships, and our work far beyond the walls of our space.
We host regular open shop hours, community conversations, group rides, and private tours. We offer tune-ups, and sell restored once used bicycles as one local way to financially sustain our programming and space, as well as to engage community investment without on relying on foundation funding. We are always working toward a space that includes more resources, support, and alliance building among women, queer, and gender nonconforming people in Detroit.
The last day for voting is Friday Nov 2th 12PM PDT. Realizing that should have been included in the original.