From bike repair to customer service, the work experience youth ages 16 to 24 gain at Lorain County Community Action Agency’s (LCCAA) Bike Shop carries over into many aspects of their lives, says Bobby Taylor, planning and community service director.

Located on West 10th Street in Lorain, the LCCAA Bike Shop repairs and resells bikes, and it accepts bicycle donations of all kinds. “We believe that not only can bicycling be a fun and healthy activity, but for many of the clients that we serve, a bicycle is the main source of transportation,” Taylor says. “We provide opportunities for residents to obtain a safe and reliable means for transportation at a low cost.”

The Bike Shop also offers free bicycle maps and books. “We really want individuals and families to have a safe and fun time exploring Lorain County,” he says.

Additionally, LCCAA is a partner in the Go Lorain Bike Share, along with Lorain County Public Health, Lorain County Metro Parks and the Lorain Public Library System. Library card holders can check out bikes just like they would borrow books from the Main and South Lorain libraries.