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
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.
A group of boys from the highlands Ranch area, soccer teammates and buddies, walked their local neighborhood in efforts of collecting used bikes. They approach us last month asking for a way to help us collect bikes. We put our heads together and they came up with the idea to hit their local neighborhood. Read more
Tony’s Market is expanding its efforts to give back to the community with a used bike drive. Last year was the inaugural “Tony’s to Tony’s Bike Ride,” and to make it even better this year, they are raising money for new bikes for the kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver – and are also promoting a used bicycle drive.
We had a great meeting last week at Tony’s Market downtown location. Their annual race is set for Sunday October 2nd. 3t Ministry will be one the charities that will participate in their annual event. We will be receiving used bikes donated by the riders or patrons of their stores. We are truly thankful of their generosity.
I am committing to ride in the Tour D’Tonys. I am currently overweight and have not really rode a bike in quite some time. I will train for the next 90 days to be ready on October 2nd. 70 miles of bike riding touring all Tony’s Markets locations. I am pledging to participate to be a living example of getting fit and being healthy. I will update you with my rides and progress as I start July 1st. Please be supportive and encouraging.
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