All These Bikes Are Destined for Prison –And The Reason is Wonderful

Good news travels even faster on two wheels.

For the past eighteen years, inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison have been restoring old bikes in a huge workshop – tearing them apart and rebuilding them, a metaphor for what they hope to do with their own lives.

Broken bikes are brought in by the hundreds each year to the South Dakota Department of Corrections for its program, called Pedal Power from the Pen.

After each bicycle is neatly repainted, repaired, and reupholstered, they are given away at the end of the year– more than 1300 bikes– to underprivileged children around the state of South Dakota.