Youth bike and ski nonprofit group forming

A nonprofit group is forming in Marquette to encourage young people to take up biking and cross-country skiing.

Revolutions intends to base itself out of downtown Marquette and is looking for a space to operate out of. The program will be aimed at kids from the ages of 11 through 18.

It’s trying to attract about 30 interested young people at the start.

“It’ll be a multi-year program in which we will also operate a public rental of bikes and skis, providing bike and ski education and practical work experience for kids,” Revolutions co-founder Lindsay Bean said.

The program is expected to open next spring, and it’s in the process of applying for federal nonprofit status. Revolutions is looking for bikes, skis, storage spaces and volunteers.

“We’ve worked with similar biking programs, but they were primarily competition-based,” Bean said. “I think that (co-founder) Mark (Hall) and I both would have liked to have something like this as kids.”

The two co-founders of Revolutions introduced the group to the Marquette County Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Coalition today.

If you want more information about Revolutions, you can find it on their website and their Facebook page.