At a time when the country is lacking leadership and young people are more distrustful of politicians than ever before, responsibility is falling to real people to make the changes that communities need. Jake100 is the 20-year-old daredevil rider who’s energising a community of cyclists to tackle injustices in their city, and make life better for London’s new generation. It’s true what they say: not all heroes wear capes...some do wheelies instead.

With over 140k followers on Instagram, East Londoner Jake100 has built a huge audience with his unique talent on two wheels – taking over the streets with confidence and pulling off the kind of tricks you’ve only ever seen on video games. Beyond that though – and more importantly – he’s harnessing the spirit of community around ‘Bike Life’ culture to build a better version of London for the young people he represents.

After leading the 'Knives Down, Bikes Up' movement that saw thousands of young riders take over central London to make a stand against knife crime, Jake’s latest project is all about equipping young people with the type of technical and mechanical skills that can lead to employment. ‘Down To Ride’ – in association with Nike – will put 100 young people from marginalised backgrounds through a bicycle maintenance course that will get them back on two wheels and, potentially, propel them into work.
As the latest mesmerising Swerve Sunday event shut down South East London we caught up with Jake100 to get the full story behind his latest community initiative, his inspirational come up, and how bikes hold the key to a better life for young Londoners.
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