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Handlebar Helpers History

Our five focus areas:
  1. encourage volunteerism
  2. provide job and life skills for community youth
  3. provide positive adult role models for at-risk youth
  4. provide reconditioned bicycles to employees who bike to work
  5. 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, 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 Department agreed to start the Handlebar Helpers program.

Founders
Jack Harris, Scottsdale Citizen
Rosemary Mossbarger, Scottsdale Employee (former)
Terry Erickson, Scottsdale Employee
Doug Banfelder, Bike Enthusiast