On Saturday May 30th, the remaining students from Sedalia Elementary who hadn’t picked out their hard earned bicycles yet, came by The Kickstand to do just that. Some of the students were out of town on the day of the Dream Bike Event, or couldn’t make it there on that special day. So Project ReCycle dedicated Saturday morning to giving those students another opportunity to receive that bike. Kent and Patrick, the two managers of The Kickstand, located on the 4th floor of the Castle Rock Hospital– were on hand to adjust seats, fit each child with the right size bike, and even teach them to ride…. The children had a fun time riding in large circles around bright orange cones, some even whizzed by sporting their new Project ReCycle helmets.
It was Saturday morning May 2, and the sun shone brightly. What a joyous day for both the volunteers- and the recipients of the special gift of a bicycle. This year’s Project ReCycle Bike Event was held at Sedalia Elementary. Sedalia was the first school to have 100% of the students earn their own bike. What an accomplishment! Each student could earn their own bike by improving attendance, academics, and showing respect to their teachers and peers.
Team Project ReCycle is a group of cyclists that raises money to support Project ReCycle, a non-profit dedicated to getting kids on bikes. The team enters rides in Colorado all the way from Fort Morgan to Grand Junction. Some really fun tours are coming up for the month of September…. Read more
The big warehouse on Compark Blvd that Project ReCycle came to call home for almost a year was filled with bikes, tools, and the smell of it’s typical vast cold air. The soft rumble of mechanics and volunteers there to witness the last few days of occupancy at what we called, The Kick Stand. I could see that everyone was going to miss this space. It had, very well defined the major growth of our organization. Of course we remember the first days there. Unlocking the doors to thousands of square feet of possibility. The pride we took in watching the warehouse slowly fill from 5 bikes to 10, to truckloads, to 20,000 sq full of bikes of all sizes. We had our corner of cruisers, and the rows of trikes, and the old ten speeds, and the fleets of racing road bikes. It was a beautiful sight. So much so, that we kept pulling people in to enjoy if nothing else, the overwhelming feeling of how many lives we can touch. And quickly our community grew, and the fans of our mission kept coming. Project ReCycle has been blessed with many things, including that as we say goodbye to one thing, we are given another. Read more
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:00 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.
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 will be repairing bikes
Saturday, September 8th from 8am until noon at the storage unit.
Tony’s Market Used Bike Drive – Sun, Sept 16th through Sun, Sept 30th
Tony’s Market is collecting used bike donations at all 4 of their stores for Project Recycle, which will pick up the bikes, refurbish them and give them–along with new helmets and locks–to needy kids in the Denver Metro area. You may also drop off bicycles at Metrum Credit Union, 6980 S. Holly Circle, Centennial. If you’re participating in the Tony’s to Tony’s Ride on Sept 30th (registration is now closed), you may drop off your used bicycle at the starting store, 950 Broadway in Denver. In 2011, they collected more than 100 used bikes at Tony’s Markets. This year’s goal is 150. Are you ready to donate your extra bike(s) for a good cause? (Tax donation receipts available upon request.)
Every year employees of ULA engage in community support and make donations of their time to charities of their choice. ULA (United Launch Alliance) is proud to support these charities on behalf of their employees by making cash donations. Read more