This informative article about helmet safety is just another example of how critical it is for all of us to wear a helmet when we ride! Always remember to protect your head and make sure that kids’ helmets are the correct size and are secured properly. To encourage helmet use, Project ReCycle provides a helmet for every student that earns their bike in our Dream Bike program, because safety is of utmost importance. This coming May Dream Bike will be handing out 490 new helmets at six different Title-1 schools, along with the students’ refurbished bikes they’ve earned through school, a bike lock and a pair of safety lights! Safety is a community effort, so please help Project ReCycle support safe riding, ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!
Joe Bishop has only been cycling for a little over a year now. After attending last year’s Bike Give-Away, he was inspired to start riding with AJ and Team Project ReCycle last summer. “I’m a goal oriented person, and entering Ride the Rockies for the first time with Team PR was a challenging goal for me,” said Joe. The most challenging aspect of RTR for Joe was the duration of the ride. “I had done the Copper Triangle, but I hadn’t been on a long ride in the mountains for more than a day. Day three and four were really tough; I was really feeling it. But there was always someone there from the team to push me along, saying ‘you got this’.” Read more
Project ReCycle has launched their new “Bike Mechanic Series“; it’s a program to better train volunteers so that there is a quicker turnaround time to get the bikes refurbished and out into the community to the kids. “There’s a gap between the bikes being donated and dropped off and getting the bikes fixed up and delivered,” said AJ,the non-profit’s Executive Director. Read more
It’s a Saturday Spring morning. Volunteers are showing up by the two’s and three’s. Families and friends walk up. Mechanics are arriving. People from Feedback Sports, 6202 Cycling Club, Trek, American Family Insurance and many other companies arrive… American Furniture Warehouse provided trucks to safely transport the hundreds of bikes directly to the schools. The bikes are laid out in rows. Read more
Jeff Fleck, Project ReCycle’s vice chairman, and Cynthia Edwards, chairperson, stand in the roughly 20,000-square-foot fourth-floor space that Castle Rock Adventist Hospital recently donated to the organization for use as a bike storage and repair shop.
It was a mostly empty fourth floor, thousands upon thousands of empty square feet in the new Castle Rock Adventist Hospital — because the plan was to have that extra floor for future growth, have it ready when needed. Change of plans.
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As Alberto Stapleton walks across the floor of an empty warehouse, his tall, sturdy frame seems to disappear in the vast space.“This is a long ways from the eight storage units we used to have to work out of in Littleton,” said Stapleton. He serves as executive director of Project Recycle, a charity organization founded in 2008 that repairs donated bicycles and puts them in the hands of those less fortunate.Stapleton said the space, donated by the private developer who owns the building, has added momentum and reach to the group’s mission.
“We were actually surprised when we pulled all the bikes out of storage and set them up,” he said. “We had no idea how many we had because they were all stuffed into these public storage units, but now, we see how much more we have to give.”
The group moved into the space at 13796 Compark Blvd. in unincorporated Douglas County in October. Stapleton said the extra breathing room has fostered the addition of nine new bicycle repair stations, and the creation of a new resale shop called The Kick Stand.
While Project Recycle accepts bike donations of all makes, models and condition, some are not always a good for kids or the average rider, according to Stapleton.
Higher-end bikes, such as those with specialized frames or those that may have a higher resale value, are sold, and the proceeds go back into Project Recycle.
But Stapleton said the new space is just the beginning of bigger things to come.
“The bikes aren’t always just for kids,” he explained. “We have a lot of bikes for parents as well. Some need them to get to and from work or the bus; others often ride with their kids.”
Project Recycle, which has given away more than 3,000 bikes since its inception, is looking at expansions into Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and New Mexico.
Among Project ReCycle’s biggest needs right now is a pickup truck to pull a small covered trailer.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us before that happens,” Stapleton said. “But it’s worth it, when you see that smile on a kid’s face. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”
For more information, visit Project ReCycle online at www.projectrecycle.org.
We were are very pleased to announce that our Executive Director, AJ Stapleton has been named the Bike Hero of January from our friends at Bike Denver for his work with Project ReCycle and 3t Ministry. If you are not familiar with this local Colorado organization, they work together with non-profits to promote biking as a healthy & energy efficient choice throughout the Denver area. They work hard to raise awareness to issues regarding bicyclist and also to help make changes where they can that will benefit all.
Congratulations AJ! You are an inspiration to us all!
We’ve been buzzing for a couple of weeks about many things over here at 3t Ministry & Project ReCycle. You likely know that Project ReCycle moved in October and we are so very grateful for our beautiful new space. Last month was just as exciting our founder AJ Stapleton was recognized by Denver Channel 7 as an EveryDay Hero.
The piece aired throughout October and we now have the link to video to post here for you in case you missed it. Not only does Mitch and his team do a wonderful job of honoring AJ, but Project Recycle received wonderful coverage and the buzz surrounding this piece has been wonderful. We are sorry it has taken us so long to post it for you! Read more
Welcome to all of our new visitors that are joining us this week after watching the Channel 7 piece on AJ Stapleton an Everyday Hero recipient!
We are all so proud of AJ and excited for him that he has received this recognition from the Denver community for all of his work with Project ReCycle and 3t Ministry. He works so hard to make Project ReCycle a reality and it truly is his passion. Read more
This weekend was all about the Tony’s Ride but Monday was all about AJ.
In case you haven’t heard, Mitch Jelniker awarded our founder of Project ReCycle, AJ Stapleton with the Channel 7 Everyday Hero award.