That old bike gathering dust in your garage or basement could be put to good use in Central America or another part of the world.
Instead of throwing the bike away, you can donate it to the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church’s 3rd Annual Used Bike Drive for Pedals4Progress. The church is holding a county-wide drive on Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to noon.
The past bike drives resulted in about 75 bikes being collected each time. This year, the organizers hope to double that amount and collect at least 150 bikes.
Donors can bring their used bicycles to the church parking lot at 546 East Boston Post Road. Volunteers will pack the bikes for compact shipment to Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. These bikes will provide transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, or accessing health care or school services.
Local business owner Amy Brelia began the local Pedals4Progress bike drive three years ago.
“I travel to Central America for humanitarian purposes. Each time, it is clear that one of the main problems for local people is transportation,” she said. ”
“In addition to the few cars owned by the middle and upper classes and overflowing buses for the poor, there are people riding burros, horses, ox, and of course, walking, walking, walking,” she added. “Each bike that goes to a developing country helps to make a person’s life a little less difficult. Collecting bikes is simple, but makes a huge impact on someone’s life.”
A $10 donation is requested toward the actual $35 cost it takes to collect, process, ship, and distribute each bicycle. All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection site.
If you need a pick up for your used bike, or more information, please call (914) 967-8168.