Moses Mathis was a resident of the Tiffany Pines neighborhood in Fayetteville, NC. He was best known as “The Bicycle Man.” By 1990, Mathis was fed up with the drug activity on his street so he opened The Tiffany Pines Community Outreach Center and began handing out and repairing bikes to the children in his community. Over a 20-year period, the Bicycle Man, along with his wife, Ann Mathis, has given out and repaired over 26, 000 bicycles to the neighborhood children under age 15.
The Tiffany Pines Community Outreach Center includes the B.U.G. Program, which stands for Bringing Up Grades. The program assists children from first grade through ninth grade. The eligible students are given a monetary incentive to bring their grades up during the grading period. Among the programs is an odd jobs component to give students a meaningful alternative to being on the streets. Kids between ages ten and sixteen are given the opportunity to work with incentives, while gaining a positive work ethic.
Mathis also served as radio host of two programs on Fayetteville’s WIDO-AM, including the gospel program on Saturday nights. He has received a number of humanitarian awards from the city and state government. Mathis passed away on July 15, 2013 after a prolonged illness.
The operations for the Community Outreach Center and the Mathis Bicycle program has operated out of donated spaces for many years. The operators of the program and center are now looking for a donated building to continue their service to the children of Fayetteville, NC.
For more information on the Tiffany Pines Community Outreach Center, visit www.thebicycleman.com.
Little Known Black History Fact: Moses Mathis, The Bicycle Man was originally published on blackamericaweb.com