Everyday Bikes!

Thanh -- August 20th, 2008

“Everyday Bikes” is a community bike project started by a collection of individuals affiliated with New Community ProjectOur Community Place, and is sustained with the support and help of many others in our community. Their goal is to promote sustainable transportation, healthy living, and to empower low-income individuals. 

The “bike shop” is located on the property of Our Community Place, 17 E Johnson Street, Harrisonburg.

‘Every Day Bikes’promotes commuter biking for the Harrisonburg community.  Our project helps people with low or no income get bicycles to use as inexpensive, reliable, and pollution-free transportation.

Why This Project? The over use of automobiles is one of America’s most ecologically harmful activities (Union of Concerned Scientists). Cars dramatically increase global warming gases, urban sprawl, and fuel global instability. The simple act of riding a bicycle is a powerful alternative.

How Every Day Bikes Works:
Our volunteer bicycle mechanics receive donated bicycles, repair them and give them new life. People low in resources can get a bike on a work-exchange program or for a donation.  Our bicycles help people find work, get to medical appointments, get healthier, and meet other basic needs.

Projects:
• Refurbish used bicycles and repair bikes for low and no-income people
• Work-a-Bike program for adults and youth in need
• Bicycle tool use at the shop
• Lending program for bicycle trailers
• Sustainable transportation education and promotion for Harrisonburg
• Service opportunities

How You Can Help:
• Donate money, bicycles or tools
• Volunteer your time to repair bikes, keep our shop in shape, and build friendships
• Ride your bike more and drive less

Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to the nonprofit organization, New Community Project, 910 Collicello, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. For more information or to volunteer call us at 540-433-2363.”

A group of individuals get together every Monday, I’ve been told between 10a-3pm, to work on bicycles. They are very welcoming of people to stop by to help out and to donate bicycles. This is also great opportunity to keep bicycles out of the landfill and out of scrap metal piles – sometimes all these bikes need is a little bit of love.

Click Here to download a flyer about Everyday Bikes!

2 Responses to “Everyday Bikes!”

  1. Breslau says:

    This is great for the community as a whole. Would it be acceptable to donate helmets as well?

  2. David Miller says:

    I don’t think that anyone could possibly have a problem with that Breslau.

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