RideWise has several refurbished bicycles available through the agency’s Bike Connect program for adults who need transportation for employment. Any adult who receives services from a Somerset County nonprofit or human services agency is eligible for a bike.
“Any nonprofit organization can refer individuals to RideWise by completing an application online at www.ridewise.org,” said Executive Director Donna Allison. “We’ve received referrals from Work First New Jersey, the Somerset County Board of Social Services, and the Greater Somerset County YMCA for bikes.”
The bicycles, donated by residents, are inspected, cleaned, and repaired by Pop’s Bike Shop in Somerville. In addition to making repairs, the team at Pop’s outfits each bicycle with a bell and lights to comply with New Jersey biking laws, along with a helmet and bicycle lock. Bicycle recipients also receive a brief cycling safety session from RideWise.
BikeConnect is a partnership between RideWise and Pop’s Bike Shop, with RideWise soliciting bicycle donations and paying for the repairs made by Pop’s. The program is supported by funding from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the Federal Highway Administration.
“Right now, there are repaired bicycles at RideWise ready for adult recipients and several more awaiting repairs at Pop’s. Thirteen bicycles have been donated to RideWise to date,” said Donna Allison.
RideWise accepts bicycle donations by appointment only, Monday thru Friday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 704-1011 ext. 16 to arrange a bicycle inspection and drop off.
Pop’s Bike Shop is a local family-owned business with locations in Bound Brook and Somerville. Owner Marc Cianfrone has managed various bicycle shops in the area since 1984. Pop’s prides itself on meeting customers’ needs, ranging from family riders to commuters to cycling enthusiasts and racers. Visit the store website at www.popsbikeshop.com.