According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 786,000 people rode their bike to work in 2012. Though less than the number of motorists on the road, biking is still a fantastic alternative that only seems to be growing in popularity. With all these bikes on the road, one can only wonder what happens to the thousands that get discarded every year. Luckily for the Capital District, a group in Troy is working hard to give abandoned bikes a new life.
Troy Bike Rescue is a “collective of cycling enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and getting them back on the streets.” Their work with hands-on education and mentorship has a heavy focus on inclusion and community.
After “adopting” bikes that need some work, children and volunteers have the opportunity to Learn to Earn — participants come together to learn about repairing and maintaining bikes adopted by the rescue. After 6 hours of hands-on work with bike rescue projects, volunteers earn a bike they helped repair! Not only does everyone unite to gain valuable mechanic skills, but they do so in a safe and positive environment.
Bikes which are not earned are available for adoption by the public for a recommended donation ranging from $5 to $100. Troy Bike Rescue enriches the community even further by donating bikes year-round to children’s organizations.
The effects are felt throughout the capital district as Troy Bike Rescue promotes safe, inclusive fun. Not only do participants learn valuable hands-on skills, but also how to work as a team.
If you’re interested in getting involved with the Troy Bike Rescue, drop by their open shop hours and join the fun! For more information, like Troy Bike Garage on Facebook and visit their website at www.troybikerescue.tk.