Young Chicagoans with the Bikes N' Roses cycling team are biking to Springfield this weekend in a push for criminal justice reform in the state.
Bikes N' Roses is a youth-led bicycle repair shop in Albany Park. The shop's 15-member cycling team will participate in a 3-day, 210-mile bike trip to Springfield. The youths are urging legislators to "pass a just budget, release emergency funds for youth jobs and shift funding priorities away from incarceration and toward youth and communities," according to an announcement.
The youths and their supporters, including Chicago Alds. Deb Mell (33rd) and Gilbert Villeags (36th), plan to kick off the event Saturday morning at Bikes N' Roses. The supporters are expected to bike with the cycling team for 10 miles up to the city's limits.
Teens with Bikes N' Roses embarked on a similar trip to Springfield last year as part of the group's first "Shift Gears Illinois" tour.