I recently became aware of a group called Fender Bender in Detroit through this article.
Fender Bender is a self-described “safe space for women and people of marginalized gender identities,” including self-identified women, transgendered individuals, and members of the genderqueer community in Detroit.
“Other bikes shops in the metro area, and the general cycling community of Detroit, had long been a male-dominated arena,” said Sarah Sidelko, co-founder of Fender Bender. “It was challenging for women and gender non-conforming folks to comfortably be a part of this growing transportation, skill, and recreation.”
So it was with that they began providing bike rentals and repairs, and training classes on how to work on bikes – and it makes sense – with all the hype around greenways and biking in the city, there should probably be some folks around who know how to fix a bike or two. With support from groups like the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, The Wheelhouse Detroit and The Cass Corridor Commons, they’ve felt a great response within the community.
Fender Bender is fixing bikes and fixing stereotypes in the city of Detroit. They aim to provide a forum for discussion and resources for the ongoing work which must be done to address oppressive gender stereotypes, along with other forms of oppression.
"Fixing bikes and fixing stereotypes"?! Awesome! I love that they seem to have a community partnership model, they are open to gender non-conforming folks, and that they are doing open shop, rides, and creating a space for WTF community. Right on.