11th Annual Bike Recycling & Give-Away

May 3rd and 4th

Bicycle Recycling and Give-Away is back and better than ever! Each spring, bikes are donated, cleaned up and checked out, and offered for free to the public. The bike giveaway begins at 12:30 on Saturday, May 4, but anyone who donates a bike receives a voucher for early admittance at 12:00noon on Saturday. The first forty donors also qualify for a discount coupon from REI. Donated bikes must be in working condition and can only be donated at RMLD on Friday and Saturday during Drop Off hours. All bikes are offered at no cost, in “as-is” condition, and we reserve the right to limit free bikes to two per family, depending on inventory.

The event will be held in the Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) parking lot at 230 Ash Street. Hours are:

  • Bike Drop off: Friday, May 3, 11 – 12:30 pm and Saturday, May 4, 9 – 11 am
  • Bike Giveaway: Saturday, May 4, 12 – 12:30 pm for voucher holders, and

12:30 – 1:30 pm for Everyone! Come look for a free bike.

The bikes are intended for the adopter’s or the adopter’s family use only. If you find you cannot use your bike, we ask that you donate it to another family or a worthy cause. Any bikes not adopted by the end of the event are donated to Bikes Not Bombs, an organization founded in 1984 to use bicycles as vehicles for social change. It distributes bikes internationally and uses them in youth training programs locally where kids can learn bike maintenance and earn their own free bike.

This event is sponsored by the Reading Climate Advisory Committee and ReadingCares, with support from RMLD. The Reading Police Department, and REI. The Reading Climate Advisory Committee seeks to raise public awareness and influence the community to reduce energy use and foster environmental stewardship. ReadingCares serves as a central resource for community service projects with a goal of inspiring and increasing the level of volunteer involvement in Reading. REI, the nation’s leading specialty retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel, looks to foster opportunities to increase participation in human-powered outdoor recreation. For more information or to volunteer to help, visit the ReadingCares Facebook page or website or contact info@readincares.org.

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