A week ago yesterday, the Re-Bicycle Lenawee program and Adrian Bicycle Co-op kicked off in earnest with a bike drive sponsored by the United Way Day of Action. We received and triaged approximately 250 bicycles over the course of roughly eight hours. A fantastic bunch of volunteers helped sort, tag, strip, and organize bikes as they rolled (and, in some cases, hobbled) into the shop. Others dressed up the building and grounds a bit. Amidst all the bikes that came in, we also received parts, tools, work benches, and other items for the shop.
What was perhaps best of all was that volunteers had numerous opportunities to interact with people in the neighborhood who will soon be the recipients of these bikes, and who will share space in the shop learning how to maintain their new rides. Moreover, in talking with many of the folks who helped out, both during and after the event, I detected a clear sense of buy-in, a spirit of community, and even a bit of inspiration, as various folks eagerly asked when they could return to help work on bikes, and others considered whether they might have more shop equipment and supplies to donate or lend, and others inquired as to when they might be able to apply for a bike of their own.
This is going to be a really awesome thing…
A couple of us even made the newspaper. Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us. But I sure am looking forward to all the wrenching this winter, and I can’t wait to see these bikes spinning around town come spring.
Enjoy the slideshow. I’ll continue to post updates on shop hours, items needed and available, opportunities to lend a hand, and all the rest. I hope you’ll drop by and see us some time.