one thing that hasn't been brought up:
in relatively wealthy, high-density areas--especially near universities--, it can appear that there are, in fact, too many shitty bikes to deal with. At the same time, folks in rural areas have no access to even basic  tools/tubes/parts. It seems to me that there must be a way to house bikes off-site temporarily until they can be moved to a rural facility (where space is less of an issue). 
BICAS has a number of highly informal connections with folks that buy our beaters (real cheap) and take them to Nogales, Mexico.
The Bike Church in santa cruz tries to partner with orgs in agricultural (chicano/latino) communities to spread knowledge and (bike) resources.
Much more could be done on these fronts.
Though the notion of shipping bikes to africa is, obviously, nobel and worthwhile for some orgs, it feels totally overwhelming to other projects. These sorts of semi-local connections might prove more manageable, and most rewarding.

On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 11:46 AM, Mark Rehder <> wrote:
On 11-May-08, at 12:19 PM, wrote:

i know community cycles is not the only shop on this list that has space issues, nor shortness of volunteer hours....

i'm wondering if any shops out there have some kind of "we're all filled up, we can't take any more bikes" policy.


We've come close, but have always managed to stave that off somehow.  That said, we do not absorb police or campus bikes, or even advertise in our City's "Take It Back" recycling program, because we would be buried in bikes.

We do readily respond to any group that asks for free bikes, as long as they take them as is and no work needs to be done by our volunteers.  We also donate bikes for shipment to Africa twice a year. See:

That helps get rid of bikes AND parts, especially knobby mtn. bike tires.

we've gotten in touch with our local recycling yard, who pretty much takes everything that can be recycled. i personally know that they see several bikes per week in their dumpsters, but they don't have any way to pull those out once they're in, once people dump washing machines, fridges, etc, on top of them. i'd like to see a seperate "bike dumpster" for people to drop them off, and we go and reuse them.

Sounds like it would be good to try and talk the recycling yard into creating a separate bike drop-off spot.  That way you guys could get at them, or just people dropping off other stuff could grab a bike for themselves.


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