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Open Roads hosts tweed ride to help raise funds for the local youth

The annual tweed ride weaved its way through Kalamazoo Saturday to raise funds for the local youth. (Credit: Ray Hole - WWMT)

The annual tweed ride weaved its way through Kalamazoo Saturday to raise funds for the local youth.

Dozens braved the heat in tweed to take part in the classic four-mile tweed ride.

Opens Roads, a Kalamazoo non-profit bicycle charity, organized the event.

The group works with children, teaching them bike mechanic skills and social skills to help prepare them for their future.

The money raised from Saturday’s tweed ride will allow them to continue their mission.

“It's for kids earning bikes, kids learning to repair their bikes,” Erin Denay, Open Roads executive director said. “You know when you talk about fixing your bicycle brakes, we don't just talk about the physical aspect of it, we talk about emotional brakes and using self-control and those kind of really important soft skills that kids don't always explicitly get taught.”

2017 marked the third year for the tweed ride through Kalamazoo.

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