Handlebar Helpers HistoryOur five focus areas:
- encourage volunteerism
- provide job and life skills for community youth
- provide positive adult role models for at- risk youth
- provide reconditioned bicycles to employees who bike to work
- promote safe bicycling and environmental stewardship
The Handlebar Helper Program "rolled" into action in October of 1994 when local citizens collaborated with City of Scottsdale Staff to initiate the program.
Jack Harris, who passed away in March of 2007, was honored at the Paiute Neighborhood Center. Joan Baron, the artist who has made the leaves of those who have volunteered and contributed to Paiute Center in the Recognition Wall, placed the leaf with Jack's name on it, on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008. Mary Kay Harris and her daughters were in attendance, along with Joan Baron, the Artist. Joan had Mary Kay assist her in cementing the leaf onto the Paiute Recognition Wall.
Jack Harris, along with Rosemary Mossbarger, community activist, and Doug Banfelder (aka, the "bike" guy) had come to the City with their idea to start a bike program, over 14 years ago. Jack had a business "Bikes by Jack," and he donated all the bike parts, bikes and assorted equipment to begin the Handlebar Helper program. After much encouragement from these tenacious volunteers, the Parks & Recreation Division agreed to start the Handlebar Helper program.
In 1994, the program began and has grown steadily since then. We are grateful for Jack, and to Mary Kay and her daughters, for sharing her husband with us.