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La Crosse Bike Swap benefits Logan Bike Works

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

To some cycling is a hobby and to others a method of transportation, despite the reasons for biking it's a hobby people of all ages enjoy.

On Saturday a Logan Middle School program works to ensure students can enjoy the hobby with their La Crosse Bike Swap.

The bike swap features vendors selling bikes and apparel with proceeds benefiting Logan Bike Works, a program empowering students through cycling.

"It makes me feel good about myself that I know how to do things with bikes," Logan Bike Works Student Jimmy Hart continues, "I like to feel the wind in my face when I am riding because it just feels so good, and you don't really get that luxury in a car."

Through bike education, the program gives Hart the freedom to feel comfortable while cycling wherever he goes.

"In case my bike would ever break I would know what to do, and that's why I really like the program," Hart elaborates.

The program brings kids together after school to learn the ins and outs of responsible bike use.

"They find out about problem-solving, how to do some mechanics, learn how to use tools ... and learn how to fix bikes and get them back into the community," Supervisor of Logan Bike Works Matthew Christen explains. 

In 2017 Logan Bike Works contributed over 45 bikes to area elementary students and 13 bikes to middle school students, something Christen says may not be possible without the annual bike swap.

"It's our main funding source, we don't get funds through the school district so we need a way to fund the program," Christen describes.

Christen continues to say every mile someone bikes instead of drives saves one pound of carbon dioxide from polluting our atmosphere, something the program helps students understand.

"When I get older I will probably prefer a bike over a car. It doesn't use gas it doesn't use oil so there is no air pollution when you ride a bike," Hart exclaims.

Hart says he is looking forward to spring, his favorite season for biking.

If interested in cycling education Wrench and Roll Collective in La Crosse offers educational classes and a do it yourself workshop.

MORE: Previous Bike Swaps

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