Nashville is known as being an extremely diverse city and a hot spot for refugees and immigrants relocating to the United States. One of our most diverse neighborhood lies along the Charlotte Pike corridor and is home to a local nonprofit that Cumberland Transit is happy to work with. The Oasis Bike Workshop was founded in 2009 as a year round program to help young people work to earn a bike as a form of alternative transportation. From their website:
"Through this free, volunteer-powered program, youth participate in weekly workshops in which they custom build their own bicycle from the frame up, and are trained in bicycle safety and maintenance. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant rides away with their own bicycle, as well as a new helmet, lock, lights, toolkit and a bit of grease under their fingernails as proof of their new skill set."
Beyond the workshop program they've started a teen mountain bike team which now competes locally and in nearby cities in NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) sanctioned races. The team is made up of kids from all over the world speaking different languages, but coming together to learn a new sport and cheer each other on. Cumberland Transit is happy to have contributed to this team by donating their team helmets and bike parts so they can continue to grow their strength and talent. Last week NPR ran a story on the Oasis Teen Mountain Bike Team and we wanted to make sure to share the story and what the team has been able to accomplish so far! For the full NPR story please click here.