If you have an unused kid’s bike in your garage or shed, B!KE: the Peterborough Community Bike Shop could use it for a worthwhile cause.
The not-for-profit organization is once again holding a “Kids’ Bike Build” event on Sunday, March 26th and Sunday, April 2nd, when they will refurbish donated bikes and provide them free of charge to local organizations working with children and youth.
Bike donations will be accepted any time before April 2, and can be dropped off at 293 George Street North between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 and 4 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Donated bikes should have all major parts, such as wheels and handlebars.
“Part of our vision and mission is to empower people to travel by bike and create an inclusive environment for all members of the community,” says event organizer organizer Jean Greig in a media release.. “Refurbishing used bikes and getting them into the hands of kids who need them is one way of accomplishing just that.”
B!KE has held other Kids’ Bike Build events in the past, with B!KE volunteers and mechanics from other local bike shops donating their time to repair and check the bikes.
Previous events have seen between 40 and 50 bikes refurbished and donated to organizations including the New Canadians Centre, the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, the Salvation Army, Youth Unlimited, and the YES Shelter for Youth and Families.