Bike Rack Giveaway? Yes, you’ve read this correctly. Thanks to a collaborative effort between Dominion Foundation and the City of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department, Metro Metal Works is giving away and installing 50 bike racks to nominated businesses and organizations throughout Cleveland. 

Metro Metal Works began in 2011 as one of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s new Social Enterprises.  The program hires people who are homeless and/or formerly incarcerated and teaches them employable skills, while producing a quality product.  LMM also operates Central Kitchen that employs people with obstacles to employment and provides meals for area homeless shelters. 

Locally manufactured here in Cleveland, the racks are made out of heavy gauge steel tubing and can be securely mounted to the ground for maximum theft protection.  All of the racks come with a powder coat finish to ensure weather resistance and durability. 

With these bike racks, Metro Metal Works hopes to promote bicycling as a sustainable and affordable means of transportation.  An additional benefit goes to residents who are staying at LMM’s homeless shelter on East 21st and Lakeside Avenue near downtown Cleveland. “They learn skills from pipe bending, welding, to the basic contraction and installation of the bike racks," said Bryan Mauk, Director of Social Enterprises at LMM. There are up to five residents enrolled in the program at a time.

Bike rack voting is open now and closes at the end of September.  Fifty winners will be notified in October and bike racks will be installed pending approval from the property owners and the City of Cleveland. 

Anyone can nominate a location to win a bike rack, by going to, clicking on the bike photo and taking a short survey.

To learn more or to purchase a bike rack, contact Bryan Mauk at (216) 658-4608 or

Amy Jerina

I work at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in the Social Enterprise branch as a Marketing Coordinator (Americorps Vista).

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 10:30 AM, 09.24.2012