The exploits of the Delta Bike Project (DBP) have been well recorded in Lagniappe. In just two years, the group has grown from a social club for bicycle enthusiasts into one of Mobile’s most vibrant nonprofit organizations.
“While we tell people that we are a community bike shop and a do-it-yourself bike shop, we have almost a dozen different programs,” said Jeff DeQuattro, one of the founders. He listed Build-a-Bike, an endeavor for at-risk youth; Reading to Ride, a youth literacy program; and Time Is Money, a project for homeless or disadvantaged people to earn bikes and parts through volunteerism.
The DBP is playing a key role in the Crepe Myrtle Trail, a proposed bike path stretching from Three Mile Creek to the mouth of Dog River. Another big mission has been the installation for four bicycle fix-it stations across Mobile.
“We’ve been lucky that we don’t have to have constant fundraisers to stay open,” DeQuattro said. “But we decided that people really love to support our work. So we thought that through a big fundraiser we could expand each of our programs. We’re also raising money for a large bike corral and four more fix-it stations.”
The event — called Gears and Beers — will be this Saturday, and begins with two rides (one course covers 48 miles, the other 10 miles). The USA Cycling permitted event starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $45 for the long ride and $25 for the short ride.
A street party with live music will follow at the LoDa Bier Garten on Dauphin Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee for non-riders. For more information on the fundraiser, visit gearsandbeersridemobile.com.
The Delta Bike Project is located at 561 St. Francis St., a block off Dauphin Street behind O’Daly’s Irish Pub. They are open Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.