[TheThinkTank] Bike Drive!

Eric Brozell eric at bikeerie.org
Tue Jun 5 11:12:07 PDT 2018


Joe,

One other place that we get donor bikes from is the local police departments. They are more than happy to help us out and usually deliver them to our shop. There can be a lot of junk bikes in there too. The junk bikes we part out and discard to a pile to be recycled. We also have some artists that request bike parts for upcycle projects.

Eventually, the word gets out about your program and people are pretty happy to see their cast off bikes going to a good cause. So, social media can help your efforts too.

Eric Brozell
Bike Erie 
Pedal Mettle Erie


> On Jun 5, 2018, at 7:50 AM, Karen Overton <director at recycleabicycle.org> wrote:
> 
> Check with your local sanitation agency. They may have a listing of places to donate items rather than throw them away. You may also want to connect with a sympathetic business and ask them to do a collection. Outdoor companies, tech companies are always eager to help in NYC. Otherwise, it just might be someone from a cycling club that champions a collection in their company.
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> Karen 
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> On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 7:25 AM, Ulick O'Beirne <ulickobeirne at gmail.com <mailto:ulickobeirne at gmail.com>> wrote:
> That's great. we're in a similar position. I found getting a piece in the local paper really worked (we got 40 bikes very quickly); also connecting to local cycling clubs who may have old bikes (these guys usually know the difference between rubbish and useful too). Faacebook and small videos are good. As are public wish lists in community spaces. 
> 
> In the past I've found the worst thing to be poor quality bikes getting dropped off (even ones that are only fit for recycling), which are often of very little value, and take more time to process. I saw one community bike shop asks for a €10/$10 donation with each bike donated to help with its being refurbished. This weeds out the dumpers and the money will come in handy. And then I found that people with genuine good bikes who can't afford the donation will come find you anyway.
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> hope that's of some help. Ulick
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> On 5 June 2018 at 03:15, Joe Spelde <jspelde at bgch.org <mailto:jspelde at bgch.org>> wrote:
> Hey all, 
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> 
> I'm launching an earn-a-bike program at the Boys and Girls Club of Holland, and we are looking to host a bike drive to help us get enough bikes for the kids. I just wanted to reach out and ask if anyone has any advice or knowledge on running a successful bike drive. 
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> Also, i'd appreciate any other insight regarding earn-a-bike programs..I've mostly looked at "Tools for Life" as a guide thus far. 
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> Thanks!
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> Joe Spelde
> Teen Program Assistant
> Boys and Girls Club of Holland
> e-mail: jspelde at bgch.org <mailto:jspelde at bgch.org>
> phone: (616) 392-4102 x 119 
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