PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In this week’s KD Sunday Spotlight, Communicycle keeps people pedaling and prospering.
The non-profit organization provides a free bike to people who need it–from Allegheny to Beaver to Mercer counties.
But the founder said their mission goes beyond the bike.
Communicycle volunteers have disassembled and repaired thousands of bikes since 2011.
"My favorite part is whenever we tear down bikes because we save all the good stuff," said Donnie Taylor, who volunteers at this shop in Monaca with the Beaver County Rehabilitation Center.
He’s just one of many students who enjoys getting his hands dirty and learning new skills.
"We recycle the rest of the bike, and it has value, and it keeps it out of the landfill," said Bill Wessel, who has been volunteering with the organization for five years.Then, they bring the old donated bikes back to life.Wessel teaches the students how to restore the bikes before they’re wheeled away to their new owners."Last year, we gave out over 1,500 bikes in the county and beyond," said founder and executive director Lee Montanari. "We do that in three ways. We get people riding. We keep them riding and get them riding safely."Montanari said they provide bikes and helmets to people in need, such as children who can’t afford one or adults who have no transportation."We keep them riding by helping with repairs," said Montanari. "We keep them riding also by upgrading their sizes or when the bike is too far gone just be able to replace it."Montanari said on Thursday […]
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