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Community shop in urgent need of ‘life-changing’ bike donations for DTES

Community shop in urgent need of 'life-changing' bike donations for DTES

Cavan Hua, volunteer coordinator and mechanic at Our Community Bikes, works on a bicycle at 2429 Main St. in Vancouver on March 18. Article content…

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Cavan Hua, volunteer coordinator and mechanic at Our Community Bikes, works on a bicycle at 2429 Main St. in Vancouver on March 18. Article content

Don’t leave old bikes to rust, consider donating them. Article content

That’s the urgent plea from Our Community Bikes, a non-profit group in East Vancouver that refurbishes bikes for low-income residents, that is running low on bicycle supply.

The non-profit fixed nearly 200 bikes last year and gave them to clients who couldn’t afford transit, don’t have access to vehicles, are precariously housed or are facing health struggles through its Pedals for the People program, said executive director Sophia Suderman.

This year, although the group is on-track to provide more bikes than ever, the demand currently outweighs the donations they’re receiving.

“We are getting squeezed,” Suderman said. “Right now we only have half of the bikes we need for people on our wait list, who are waiting what was once three months, to more than six now for a bike. At this rate, we’ll run out of bikes to repair in two weeks.” Article content

Suderman estimates the need for 700 more recycled bicycles and additional parts donations to cover what’s needed for 2022.The non-profit, which also provides work opportunities and job training for those who need them most, has put out an urgent call to receive adult-size two-wheelers and youth bikes without steel wheels or much rust.“The people we serve are relying on the gift of a bike to be their main form of transportation to […]

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