Bikers who shop at a Washington Bike Shop in a downtown bike shop will soon be able to receive free bike parts.
The bike shop is now offering its employees free bike helmets, pedals and pedalsets for free.
The free parts are part of a $10.50 million investment to open a new store on the National Mall in 2021, according to a statement by the Washington Bike Store.
The $10,000 investment in the bike shop comes as the nation’s capital is facing a national bike crisis, with more than 6,500 people dying in bike crashes.
The Washington Bike shop opened in May, with the help of an additional $10 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, said Dan Biermann, who runs the bike store.
Bierman, a former bike racer, said the bike parts are intended to help the employees of the bike shops.
“We’re offering a free set of pedals and brake pads, but we also offer free bicycle helmets, and pedals for a good price,” Biermeister said.
“We have a lot of people who are injured on our streets and we know that the helmet helps.”
The new shop will be a small shop in the Washington Metropolitan area, but Biermeyer said he hopes the shop will become a larger retailer and serve a broader demographic.
Biermann said the store’s goal is to provide free bicycle parts to anyone in the metro area.
“The bike shops in D:C.
are a big part of the community, and the people who live in those neighborhoods are the ones that we’re going to serve,” Bieker said.
“If you want to shop at the Washington Bicycle Store, we’ll give you free parts, and we will have the pedal-boards, the pedals, the wheels, the cables, the saddle bags, the tire levers, the spokes, the hubs.
We have all of that stuff, but the problem is, we don’t have the resources to be able, with our limited budgets, to make those items available to everyone,” Biersmann said.