Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Cleaning: Donate that old Bike

When you’re sprucing up this spring, thinking you might have to finally get rid of that old bike that you don’t ride anymore think of donating your bike to R Community Bikes: Rochester, New York. 

I stopped over there yesterday and it was a beehive of activity.  Volunteers fixing bikes, giving away bikes, cleaning, stacking bike stuff, a quick pizza break and then back to work—this in the name of recycling bikes so that others can ride. Even when a bike is really, really messed up, they take them, the salvageable parts stripped and reused, the frame taken to a metal recycler, nothing left but rubber from unusable tires. 

When they find a place to recycle rubber, it’s going to be a contained recycling system.  Consider supporting this invaluable Rochester-area recycling and transportation with your volunteering and donations.  Stop over a get a tour of this great operation that give to others transportation. 

R Community Bikes: Rochester, New York "R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester, NY's most needy children and adults. Our mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. For this segment of the population, both quality of life and the ability to participate in our community are greatly enhanced when our mission is achieved. R Community Bikes also provides a venue for the Rochester bicycling community to conduct educational programs relative to bicycle safety and maintenance. We are open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at our warehouse at 226 Hudson Ave. (at the intersection with Woodbury Street). In addition, on Wednesdays in the summer we conduct bike repairs at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality at 402 South Avenue. "

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