Spokes on a Partner Wheel: Mi-Cycle, Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, and River Rouge District Schools

April 16, 2024

The second step of our Radiothon fundraising distribution to community partners is working with them to provide pathways to success for Detroiters in need. At a special gathering on Saturday, April 13, Mi-Cycle provided 74 rehabbed bicycles to children in the Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, a longtime partner of SAY Detroit.

Founded by the nationally-recognized youth advocate Erica Wright, Westside Cultural’s all-volunteer staff ensures youth from at-risk homes have a safe place to learn and participate in constructive activities including sports, arts and crafts, neighborhood clean ups, conflict resolution classes, African American History, field trips and holiday parties.

Now in its 48th year, Westside Cultural also boasts some locally-renowned alumni, including River Rouge Schools Superintendent Derrick Coleman, who was also on hand for the giveaway at Mi-Cycle’s repair shop at the Marygrove Conservancy, with children from the district to receive bikes and a trailer to bus additional bikes directly to schools!

SAY Detroit’s Mi-Cycle, run by Chuck Nagy, the founder of Heavy Pedalz, repairs used bicycles and distributes them to children and adults who need transportation for school, work, medical care, physical recreation, and other activities.

Have a bicycle to donate? This Saturday, April 20, the Porter Riedl Foundation is hosting a bike drive to benefit Mi-Cycle at Hillside Middle School in Northville from 10AM – 2PM. For pick up text (248) 579-7059.

If you are too far or can’t make it, you can drop off bike donations at the Mi-Cycle Repair Shop at the Marygrove Conservancy (8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11AM – 7PM or email chuck@saydetroit.org to make an appointment outside of these hours.