(Donations of gently used bicycles are sought for the agency’s bike rehabilitation program)
RideWise recently provided two residents with refurbished bicycles for work-related transportation through its BikeConnect program.
The program is a partnership between RideWise and Pops Bike Shop in downtown Somerville, with RideWise soliciting bicycle donations and paying for the repairs made by Pops. The repaired bicycles are given to adults who need reliable transportation for employment and who are referred by local nonprofit organizations.
RideWise has donated four bicycles to adult residents to date. Another four residents were referred by local nonprofit agencies since last Friday.
“Right now, our top priority is getting more bicycle donations. The client demand is exceeding our supply of bicycles,” said Donna Allison, Executive Director. “The bike that is sitting in a garage or basement unused can make a big difference for someone needing transportation for work.”
Bicycle donations are accepted by appointment Monday thru Friday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 704-1011 ext. 16 to arrange a bicycle inspection/drop off. RideWise is a 501(c) 3 organization, and all bicycle donations are tax deductible.
Donated bicycles are inspected, cleaned and repaired by Pops Bike Shop. In addition to making repairs, the team at Pops 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.
Pops 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.
The BikeConnect program is supported by funding from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the Federal Highway Administration.