Bike Buddies Giveaway at Gilbert Heights 6/11/16

Flyer for this Saturday's Bike Buddies Giveaway at Gilbert Heights Elementary School

Flyer for this Saturday’s Bike Buddies Giveaway at Gilbert Heights Elementary School

This Saturday – 6/11/16 – at Gilbert Heights Elementary, Bikes for Humanity, in partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and with support from Oregon Community Foundation’s Nike Community Impact Fund, will grant 30 refurbished bicycles – along with helmets, locks, and bells, to students of the BTA’s Safe Routes to School program in Portland area schools.

B4H Board Member Andrew Shaw-Kitch and a bike that'll make a new buddy this weekend.

B4H Board Member Andrew Shaw-Kitch and a bike that’ll make a new buddy this weekend.

Ways you can help:

  • Wrench on bikes all this week at the shop! No need to sign-up; simply drop in during our normal hours (posted in the sidebar to the right of this article) and help get a bike ready for it’s new rider.
  • Sign-up to help out at the event! The event runs from 10 to 4 at Gilbert Heights Elementary, 12839 SE Holgate Blvd, and we need help setting it up in the morning, fitting helmets and bikes during the event, as well as working on bikes, taking pictures, talking to folks, and, of course, tearing it all back down. Let us know how you’d like to be involved by filling out this form.
  • Donate to support this and other programming from Bikes for Humanity!

 

Bike Buddies needs your unused bikes!

Donate a Bike Flyer

Bikes for Humanity is urgently seeking your unused bikes for donation to students in underserved schools!

Last year, we turned 80 of Portland’s unused, garage-cluttering bicycles into vehicles for students at underserved schools, and we’re very happy to announced that we’re doing it again in 2016! In partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and with support from the Oregon Community Foundation and Nike Community Impact Fund, we are planning 3 events to grant 90 bicycles, along with locks, bells, and helmets, to 4th & 5th grade graduates of the BTA’s Bicycle Safety Education program.

The first event will be June 11th at Gilbert Heights Elementary, where we will give away 40 bikes. But first, WE NEED MORE BIKES!

Do you have a bike in your possession that your child has outgrown? Is it taking up space that could be better used for a tarantula tank, a loom, or literally anything else? Donate it to Bikes for Humanity! We’ll hand you back a tax deductible charitable contribution receipt and you’ll walk away with the warm feeling that comes with helping out a kid in need.

To support this initiative, we are holding a BIKE DONATION DRIVE at B4H on Saturday, 5/21/16. Bring your donation by, check out the shop, and meet our friendly volunteers and mechanics. Can’t make the drive? NO WORRIES! Contact us via email or phone and we’ll arrange a pick-up at your home on a date and time that is convenient for you. Contact info can be found in the sidebar on this page or in the flyer above.

We are specifically seeking multispeed bikes with handbrakes and 24″ tires, but we will accept other donations. Please feel free to call ahead if you are uncertain about your bicycle’s suitability.

A PDF of our flyer can be found here. Spread the word!

 

Bike Buddies Giveaway is THIS SATURDAY (12/12/15)

Dave B Bike Buddy

Dave happily working on a bike.

As pictured, our volunteers and staff are hard at work getting everything in order for the event. This past Saturday, we were joined by BTA staff for a volunteer work party, where a lot of our bikes were built-up, tuned up, and tested for road worthiness. We’re almost ready, but there is still a lot of work to do!

Ways you can help:

  • Donate! – click the link to visit our donation page. A donation of $50 roughly translates to 1 new bike buddy. Cash and check donations may be made in person or via mail to our repair shop.
  • Volunteer at Arleta this Saturday. Whether you’d like to wrench on bikes, greet grantees when they arrive, or help with bike selection and helmet fitting, your help is greatly appreciated and vital to the success of the event. Click here to fill out the volunteer registration form!
  • Volunteer at the shop! As always, we run a Volunteer Repair Clinic during all of our open hours, and you are always welcome to drop-in and help for a day or an hour, whatever works for you.
  • Donate 24″ bikes. This is the size of bike most commonly needed by 4th and 5th graders and we are always on the look out for more. Lucky for us, Kids grow out of this size after a few years and you just might have one cluttering your garage or storage space. Remember: all donations to Bikes for Humanity are tax deductible.

Thanks! We can’t do it without you.

Bike Buddies Giveaways at Lent and Sitton

Portland is full of amazing programs that bring bicycle access, education, and safety to its residents, and Bikes for Humanity is just one organization in a huge community trying to make it easy, affordable, and possible for folks to get on bikes.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS), run by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), is one such program. The BTA sends staff to Portland Public Schools to educate students on how to safely walk or ride to school, and start their day energized and empowered, knowing they brought themselves to class on their own steam.

Bike safety begins at grade 4, and the BTA brings in a fleet of geared bikes for the kids to practice on. For many this is the child’s first opportunity to graduate from single-speed coaster bikes to these more commuter-oriented ones, or the first time riding a bike at all. These kids learn the skills, gain the enthusiasm, and feel empowered to become life-long commuters. The only problem is, what happens to the kids whose families cannot afford to buy them the bike, lock, helmets, and lights they need to continue to develop those skills, that enthusiasm, and that empowerment? Where do those skills and that momentum go?

That’s where our partnership with the BTA comes in, and the Bike Buddies program: we fill that need by granting safe, working geared bikes refurbished by our trained volunteers and checked by our professional mechanics, along with locks, helmets, and lights donated by our many partners. The BTA’s bike safety education team works with teachers and administrators at Title I schools to identify deserving kids to receive bikes and accessories, and Bikes for Humanity volunteers prepare for months to get the bikes ready before our weekend giveaway events, which include free repairs and limited free parts, and free helmets.

Our first event took place at Lent Elementary in June and included 40 bikes granted to students from 4 Title I schools in Southeast Portland.

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At these events we are also able to accept donations, and in the case of Lent’s giveaway, we received a bike we were able to tune up, safety check, and grant to a student in the same day. Kids receiving bikes were able to test ride them in the playground behind the school.

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Bikes for Humanity volunteers demonstrated using a u-lock to keep the bikes in the hands of the kids, fitted and fine tuned the bikes, and fit helmets for the bike adopters and community.

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Our next bike grant event was for students in St. Johns in North Portland at Sitton Elementary, right after the beginning of school. We granted 30 bikes and tuned up a half dozen of bikes from the community. It was a great opportunity to bring bikes, mechanical knowledge, and resources to an under-served community.

We hope you’ll join us for the last event of the year at Arleta School in Southeast this Saturday! Read Scott’s post on the event here, or go right to the sign up here.

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