Melissa Landau compares notes with Henry Dunbar, Phoenix Bikes Board Member

“Makers Ball” Celebrates Ten Years of Building Bikes in Arlington

The Phoenix Bikes Makers’ Ball and 10th Birthday Bash was held in Arlington, Virginia a few weeks ago as a fundraiser for the Phoenix Bikes program. Phoenix Bikes “educates youth, promotes bicycling, and builds community.” Teenagers are taught skills such as bicycle mechanics. They build a bike for someone in the community and after they complete this project they can build a bike for themselves.

Doug and Melissa Landau were invited guests. The Landaus were introduced to the young cyclist/mechanics, who proudly showed off their work on recycled bikes. Lawyer Landau even noticed one young biker had a Schwann “Varsity” model, which is the same model Landau used to deliver newspapers as a boy in Northern New Jersey.

Melissa Landau compares notes with Henry Dunbar, Phoenix Bikes Board Member
Melissa Landau compares notes with Henry Dunbar, Phoenix Bikes Board Member

Landau brought a dozen bike helmets in sizes that would fit these teenagers, as well as information about bike injury and head trauma. There was a silent auction, crafts, posterior demonstration, food, and a lot of networking among various members of the DC metro in Northern Virginia bicycling.