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Bicycle group makes pit stop at Colonial Campground

| July 11, 2016
Children learn about the various parts of a bicycle during a safety presentation put on by Bike and Build at Colonial Campground on Thursday, July 7. Andrew Everhart | Beacon

Children learn about the various parts of a bicycle during a safety presentation put on by Bike and Build at Colonial Campground on Thursday, July 7. Andrew Everhart | Beacon

COSHOCTON – On Thursday, July 7 a traveling bicycle group named Bike and Build set up camp at Colonial Campground and took time to inform youngsters about basic bicycle safety.

The group, which began their journey in Portland, Maine and will finish in Santa Barbra, Calif., is a service oriented non-profit organization whose mission is to engage people in volunteer work to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing cause. The group decided that this year, it would embark on a cross country bicycle journey spanning from coast to coast; a journey that requires dedication and a willingness to pedal in upwards of 60 miles per day.

During the group’s bike safety presentation, children learned how to perform basic safety checks which included checking tire pressure, checking brakes, and checking a bike chain. Children also learned about how to properly signal when stopping and making turns when biking on the highway.

According to Bike and Build member Maggie Wingenfeld, her favorite part about this organization is the friendships that she has created.

“Personally, I love the community and friendship that we have formed. There are 30 of us that are together 24/7 for two and a half months and when things are running smoothly, that’s great and all; but, when things don’t go as planned, we really get a chance to work together as one. We’re all from different places across the country and I’m just looking forward to continuing these relationships with the people that I’ve shared this experience with,” she said.

After an overnight stay in Coshocton, the group then traveled to Columbus as they continue their lengthy journey.

 

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