I want to thank the Sparkpeople involved in this. I was given a bike yesterday by a Steven Bard who also works with the project and the Southern Tier Bike Club. I am thrilled and ended up riding a few miles yesterday. It cut down on my commute and allowed me to see so much! Thank you Sparkpeople!
Although the bike giveaway is an annual event in May as I originally posted, Gary, with help from other bike club members, makes bikes available throughout the year. What a labor of love his retirement project is, eh? Such a great guy!
You'll have to share a pic of the bike when you get it!
...and perhaps you can join in with the bike club on some upcoming rides? We have some low key, "smell-the-roses" rides which are great for newbies!
Stay tuned for the bike club's Spring newsletter, it'll be posted at this url any day now!
Thank you SO MUCH, Don! I didn't realize that this is continuous; I thought they only gave away 1 bike annually to someone. I'm completely blown away! I've been in touch with Gary and am happy to say that I will be a new owner next week! Thank you so much!
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"To request a bike from the Southern Tier Bike Project, simply e-mail or phone us as indicated on the Contact page. In your e-mail, you may either identify a specific bike from the inventory page, or you may provide some information so that we can look for a bike to suit your needs. The following types of information about the recipient would be helpful: age, gender, type of Bike (Road, Mountain, Comfort, Hybrid, BMX, etc) or intended use of the bike. Note that we cannot guarantee the availability of any specific kind of bike at any time; however, we will try our best to satisfy all requests as soon as possible."
We're approaching that time of year when our local Southern Tier Bicycle Club www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/ puts on their Annual Bike Giveaway for people with limited income. Donated bikes do not have to be in working order as we have a number of dedicated bike club members who are quite skilled in rehabilitating broken, neglected bicycles.
Here is the contact information you need to arrange for donating bicycles. Let me know (via SparkMail) if there is anything I can do to assist as well!
The annual bike give away day at the George F. Johnson Dream Center is scheduled for May 11. Although the inventory is off to a very good start this year, we can use many additional smaller frame bikes, particularly mountain bikes and BMX style bikes that would interest the 8 to 13 year old set. Check you garages, talk to your friends, relatives, coworkers, and neighbors and if there are any available, call or text me at 607-648-6081 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will arrange to pick them up at a time that is convenient for you. The Dream Center can issue receipts if you wish to deduct the donation. The bikes do not have to be in working order, they will be repaired prior to distribution. As the date approaches, watch for updates and consider coming out to help with the distribution -- it might be hot or it might be rainy, but the smiles on the kids will make the effort worthwhile.
Thank You Dick Porterfield
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