Gallery: Oakland’s DIY “Scraper Bikes” Foster Youth Creativity


In a city struggling with violence and misguided youth, Oakland, California’s Scraper Bike Project has done amazing work to give kids a positive outlet that promotes the green movement through customizing bikes. Founded in 2007 by 20-year-old Tyrone Stevenson (aka Baby Champ), the project has engaged over 250 youths in building, repairing, and customizing bikes. The name “Scraper” comes from the slang for custom painted, low-rider cars with over-sized rims so large that they sometimes brush the wheel well. These Oakland kids may not be able to own an expensive, tricked-out gas guzzler, but Stevenson’s intention is to enable then to have the same empowerment and artistic expression by customizing a more sustainable mode of transportation.

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1 Comment

  1. Trevion June 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I’m impressed! You’ve managed the almost ipmsoslibe.

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