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A gender-bending bicycle mechanic training experience to empower women and undo gender stereotypes

idea by fenderbender313
A gender-bending bicycle mechanic training experience to empower women and undo gender stereotypes

Website

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http://www.facebook.com/FenderBenderDetroit?ref=hl

The Idea

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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 tires
Bulk patch kits
10 bike maintenance manuals
10 bike light sets
10 helmets

http://detroitjetaime.com/2012/05/20/detroits-real-bike-chicks/#.UHTEJBjgLZs

http://www.after5detroit.com/play/people?id=2850

Discussion
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I love what Fender Bender does to promote cycling and bicycle repair knowledge. Voted.

Noah
http://thepeopleofdetroit.com

by noahstephens
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Sickest. Thing. Ever. This is coming from an Ovarian Psyco. We should find a way to collab!!

by lamagally
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great collective doing many great things! http://wearemodeshift.org/organic-approach-bike-sharing-detroit

by digital_vices
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I've been here. Sarah actually fixed my bike! She was super cool about it, even though I know it was a hassel. My roommate gave me a bike to use for transportation and I needed someone I could trust to fix it. My co-worker recommended a place she went to learn about repairing bikes and so I went there. Sarah really helped me by fixing the bike. She even gave me some istructions on how to ride the bike and some maintenance tips. Definately pretty cool. After seeing the bikes out there I want a new one.

by Tffvtefendor
about 2 years ago | Reply

I love fender bender because there is a genuine love for people especially women! I love the comfortability, lack of judgement and the fact that children are welcome too!

by akilah.muhammad.9
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is one of the brightest projects happening in Detroit. Amplify their work by helping these talented and spirited individuals collectively share their brilliance!

by Jarret
about 2 years ago | Reply

*FB is not a bike shop, but provides things I can't get at bike shops. Clarification.

by hectorrene
about 2 years ago | Reply

I'm a genderqueer trans person; That being said traditionally male spaces (bike shops, mainstream bike culture, mechanic workshops) can be awkward for me. At a "normal" bike shop, how do I talk about seat fit when the people there don't know what's going with how a seat would fit me? Is it safe to try to explain that? Growing up a girl, I wasn't taught a lot of mechanic skills because "girls don't need to do that". Now, after the assumption that I have bike skills I don't is broken, it's almost like I'm looked at as weird and incapable. I love that this space is dedicated to teaching women and trans people - straight women, queer women, trans women and other gender non conforming people can come and not feel out of place and treated with respect. This is a safe space where I've actually never seen tools taken out of hands, followed by "let me just show you".

Everyone at this collective is invested in being a community. It's a space where you can be open as you're comfortable with your part or current experiences and concerns. There's a workspace, there's reading materials, there's time to bond together and talk about issues that affect us in the biking realm and beyond. What barriers do we face as non-cis-men? What about sexual assault when biking alone, biking at night? How can we move around our communities safely? How can we prevent and defend ourselves from violence? What happens if we get hit by a car? How do our transportation limitations affect how we go about our lives, business, families? What if your bike is stolen or broken or if you want to jazz it up... well, Fender Bender is there to help with education, repairs, or they even have a bike lending library and other options if you don't have one yourself. You can even go on a Fender Bender ride if you don't have a bike (or use it for your needs) because they simply care that much. The rides aren't about racing or going fast, so people can approach it without being worried about being able to keep up! Leaving no woman behind, these gals.

by hectorrene
about 2 years ago | Reply

An amazing bike collective that allows us to once again roam the streets of Detroit - free - while also serving as a place of support and education for the community. FBD is where it's at!

by ahmina
about 2 years ago | Reply

An amazing bike collective that allows us to once again roam the streets of Detroit - free - while also serving as a place of support and education for the community. FBD is where it's at!

by ahmina
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fender Bender is helping to build and grow community bike smarts! I support Fender Bender!

by myrtiscurtis
about 2 years ago | Reply

I meant to say making bikers smart!

by myrtiscurtis
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fender Bender Detroit has been a space of love, laughs, biking, fixing, caring, sharing, empowerment, frienship, cries, joy, learning, teaching, and so much more. Last April I started a bike mechanics class, hoping I would learn to fix bikes, because I thought it would be something cool .. What I got was soooo much more. I was welcomed into a safe space unlike any I have ever been apart of. Where I met awesome youth that were just as excited to fix bikes, had a love afair with a Sex Siren (my bike) lol, got a cool biker name (Sexy Siren), participated in bike rides as the moon shined down on us, and saw the world through my bikes eyes.

by SexySirenFBD
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fender Bender is more than just a collective of bike enthusiasts learning about bike stuff! It also facilitates a safe space where people come and talk to each other! By fostering human connections, Fender Bender is helping build community in Detroit. Vote for Fender Bender!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by geminib
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fender Bender Colectivo---Taking Back the night for Women and Girls on bicicletas!. Join us on Thursday October 25 after the vigil. We are taking back Patton park...join us.

by regaladocm@sbcglobal.net
about 2 years ago | Reply

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by goodcauses
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fender Bender Detroit's contribution and impact of the lives of women, men and children requires few words . . . smiles of achievement, belief in oneself, and joy light the faces of the many people who come to the Fender Bender shop. The impact is highly personal and individual. People who rent a bike for a day (sometimes numerous days) can see the city and neighborhoods of Detroit in an up-close and involved way. They can feel and touch the spirit that is Detroit. Both residents and visitors from out of town can see, understand and appreciate the challenges, accomplishments and vitality of Detroit. Too many people don't understand the passion and vision of inner city Detroit residents for reviving and sustaining their city. Fender Bender Detroit offers a glimpse of just one of the initiatives that are thriving and growing in Detroit.

by lynn.gehrke.16
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great program!! Please support it and help people to take good care of themselves and Detroit.

by jumpingjackcanoe
about 2 years ago | Reply

I am a transfeminine genderqueer person living in Detroit. Fender Bender has helped me maintain my bike, which is my primary means of transportation, which I use to visit my doctor and obtain hormones. I've learned valuable bicycle maintenance skills, made wonderful friends and grown as a person through my involvement with Fender Bender. Please vote for this project, they're doing wonderful things.

by lorencz
about 2 years ago | Reply

Anyone who empowers another person to live a more fulfilled life is great in my eyes. Good luck Fender bender!

by Ladywatt
about 2 years ago | Reply

Creativity, transportation justice, and community love--what could be better? Go Fender Bender!

by jquizar
about 2 years ago | Reply

Fender Bender is awesome! Vote if you know what's GOOD

by dethsqudsalvadr
about 2 years ago | Reply

Hello everybody! We are looking forward to using this discussion board during the voting period as a tool to get to know each other better. We're interested in conversation and dialog with you about what we do, what you do, and how we can support each other or even collaborate too! Plz feel free to ask questions or inquire further about anything you may be extra curious about. There's only so much space above to describe Fender Bender and who we are, and there's so much more we can say. So don't be shy. Thanks so much, and talk soon! Fender Bender Detroit

by fenderbender313
about 2 years ago | Reply

Hello everybody! We are looking forward to using this discussion board during the voting period as a tool to get to know each other better. We're interested in conversation and dialog with you about what we do, what you do, and how we can support each other or even collaborate too! Plz feel free to ask questions or inquire further about anything you may be extra curious about. There's only so much space above to describe Fender Bender and who we are, and there's so much more we can say. So don't be shy. Thanks so much, and talk soon! Fender Bender Detroit

by fenderbender313
about 2 years ago | Reply

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$2,500
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Submission Began
Wednesday, September 19

Submission Ended
Wednesday, October 17
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Thursday, October 18

Voting Ended
Friday, November 02
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Girls Teaching Girls To Code
Girls Teaching Girls To Code

Winner Announced
Monday, November 05

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