What’s that bright red shipping container in Olneyville’s Riverside Park with all the kids and bikes? It’s The Red Shed and it’s run by Donny Green, the bicycle program director known for his bright smile and flaxen hair. Part of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, the program was founded in 2009 and initially provided low cost repairs, maintenance, and rentals for local cyclists of all ages. As time went on, community demand paved the way to today’s numerous program offerings, accessible to all Rhode Islanders regardless of income
Green has been instrumental in the evolution of the Red Shed over the past seven years. From raising money to teaching and running the programs, he is an integral part of the initiative which now has over 700 kids a year attending.
“These programs give them freedom and power they may not connect yet, but it opens up that door for physical activities and alternate modes of transportation” says Green.
During the summer, The Red Shed hosts Bike Camp for ages 8-13. Seven one-week camps teach kids how to ride safely, basic bike maintenance, and environmental responsibility in a creative and fun way. There are even scholarships for Providence area children who may not be able to afford the camp, giving everyone a chance to ride. Other programs include Girls Camp, After School & Beyond, and adult programs that teach safety for both traffic and trail biking to prepare everyone to ride – not just around the Greenway but anywhere in the state. Learn more at WRWC.org
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