Lori Zimmer

Recycle-A-Bicycle Teaches NYC Kids How to Fix Bikes & Help the Environment

by , 08/26/11

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With the goal to empower youth, Recycle-A-Bicycle has shops in DUMBO, East Village and Long Island City. The bicycles, which are for sale to the public, are all made from recycled and discarded bike parts, with all profits going to help the organization stay afloat. The prices are also incredibly reasonable, benefiting customers as well as going to a good cause.

In the shops, kids can learn the basics of bike repair, and even make their own bicycles from scrap parts. Building their own bikes gives kids not only a sense of pride and accomplishment, but self confidence. The organization works with many developmentally disabled youth, so this activity helps them tremendously.

Recycle-A-Bicycle also has more community outreach programming, such as events like Bike Bonanzas, the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit, and the Youth Bike Summit. Each engages community members, and helps like minded people meet each other.

Last year through Recycle-A-Bicycle, over 1,000 kids helped refurbish 500 bikes and build more than 600 bikes. The green organization saves about 1,200 bikes each year from getting dumped into our landfills, which diverts around 36,000 pounds of waste back into working order. Helping kids, helping the environment, Recycle-A-Bicycle is an important New York non-profit to support.

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