A few months ago I put out the word that I was in need of a free used bike (me and everyone else in the world, right?). I needed it for the gentleman who occasionally does maintenance jobs around my building. He’s an older man who had a stroke several years ago, and the only way he can get around is by bike. Well, back in September he passed out while riding his bike.
While lying on the sidewalk unconscious, rather than help him, someone stole his bike.
So now he had no way to get around.
Luckily, Recycle Bicycles came through and got me a free bike, a lock, and a light. No fees, no questions asked. “That’s just what we do,” said Bruce from the organization.
Well fuckin’ A. That’s just what they do.
Not all of us have a bike to donate, but if you want to throw a bit of cash their way, December is the month to do it because Bicycle Village will match your donation. Go into any Bicycle Village, or give them a call if you’re not local.
A simple explanation from our friend Brit:
People can go into any BV to donate, and Bicycle Village will donate $0.50 on the $1.00, up to $100/transaction (half of whatever you give). It is a 501c3 and a tax-deductible donation.
Bruce Lein (the director of this essentially one-man organization) works to help people through out the front range (children, men, women, etc.) who are in need of a bike, particularly if it is their sole means of transportation. Each bike is accompanied by lock and helmet if needed.