Where it's too hot to walk and not everyone has a car, Envision Da Berry is building a community of bikers.
"I help assist putting the bikes together or getting the parts people need to put the bikes together," says Carl Cooper Jr., who works with Envision Da Berry.
Anyone willing to put in a little elbow grease is welcome to the lot of donated bikes and parts in the warehouse behind Iberia Community Garden.
"I encouraged after the first three months that a lot of people put the bikes together themselves. Everybody's flocked to it because a lot of people need bikes and transportation around here," says Cooper.
Kenneth Joseph is one of many neighbors who caught wind of the program. After fixing up his own bike, he revisits the warehouse to help fix others too. Now, Bike Da Berry has people so pumped about biking, the supply of bikes and parts is running low. They need donations, not just to give people dependable transportation but to continue facilitating a sense of community in this neighborhood.
For those who would like to donate a bike that's been outgrown or is no longer in use, you can bring it to the Iberia Community Garden on Hopkins Street or reach out to Envision Da Berry. If you're in need of a bike, the best time to visit the garden is Mondays from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.