Do you have a used bicycle in your basement or garage that’s ready for a new owner? Bring adult or children’s bikes to the brand-new REI West Hartford store at Corbin’s Corner shopping center, 1417 New Britain Avenue, on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 between 10am and 6pm. Your bicycle will be donated to Hartford’s community bike shop, BiCiCo.org, which repairs and “up-cycles” bikes for people in need.
Last year, REI West Hartford collected over 70 donated bicycles for BiCiCo, and we need your help to surpass that amount this year. To celebrate National Bike Month, all three of Connecticut’s REI stores participate this statewide bike drive in collaboration with local community bike shops. Learn more at https://www.rei.com/events/85869/rei-bike-drive
BiCi Co, which merges the Spanish words “bicicleta” (bicycle) and “comunidad” (community), was created by the Center for Latino Progress in Hartford in 2015, and is located at 97 Park Street, at the crossroads of the Downtown, South Green, and Frog Hollow neighborhoods. BiCi Co hosts the Earn-A-Bike program for youth to learn bike maintenance and safety, Do-It-Yourself mechanic hours (including a bustling Women’s Only DIY Night), and recently opened a bike shop storefront. This non-profit organization welcomes volunteers and supporters to get involved in a growing and collaborative bike-friendly community. For more information, contact BiCi Co Program Manager Joe Dickerson (Joe_Dickerson@ctprf.org).
Volunteers from BikeWestHartford.org will help REI staff collect bikes and transport them by rental truck to BiCiCo. To volunteer for this event, contact Jack Dougherty (email@example.com).