BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A local organization was recognized by Mayor Brandon Scott on Friday for the work it is doing with young riders to transform the dirt bike culture in Baltimore.
B-360 is celebrating its fifth anniversary of using STEM education, career preparation, and other resources to create advancement opportunities for the city’s youth and youth.
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Now the group is embarking on a fundraising campaign to establish a permanent dirt bike park and campus in the city, so young people have a place to cycle and thrive.
“Where we are, it’s impossible to make an impact if we don’t have a safe space,” said B-360 founder and CEO Brittany Young. “When we look at a skate park in Baltimore, when we look at the bike lanes, if you want to play basketball, you have a place to go. As for the racers, we really don’t have ”.
Young, a sales engineer, grew up watching people ride dirt bikes in Druid Hill Park. Today, she and a team of trainers use the bike as an educational tool to teach young people the basics of science and engineering.
Since B-360 was founded in 2017, it has worked with more than 7,000 students. Besides providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, the organization wants to provide a safe space to ride in peace.
To that end, the organization wants to raise $10 million to build a campus, complete with an indoor and outdoor equestrian course, along with classes and a vending shop, where the Racers can apply their skills.
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The campus will be the first of its kind and a venue to showcase the budding talents of racers.
“Really the best entertainment and the best education under one hub,” says Young.
For young riders like the Treasure Tremble, that campus can’t come anytime soon. She grew up with her family riding ATVs and when she heard about the B-360, she wanted to sign up.
“Almost like a sense of freedom,” says Tremble. “The wind in your hair blowing in your face is amazing, especially when you’re riding with other people.”
Having a dedicated space will allow her and her colleagues to follow their passions without the risks and dangers of being on the road, she said.
“We needed a place where we could go, feel safe, and express ourselves when biking,” she said. “This is something that kids in Baltimore enjoy, but riding on the streets and things isn’t always safe.”
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To learn more about the B-360, visit the organization’s website.
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