R Community Bikes (RCB) is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to the Rochester, NY area’s most needy children and adults. We give away over 2,000 bicycles every year and do over 3,000 repairs for our clients, many of whom depend on bicycles as their main source of transportation. Starting in 2014, we began providing tricycles to disabled individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to ride. In addition, we supply bicycles or repair services to dozens of community organizations, including church groups, youth centers, and neighborhood associations.
Please see our News page for the latest goings-on at RCB. On that page you can also sign up for our RSS feeds or to receive email alerts about the latest news, either the same day it appears here, or in a weekly digest.
We are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our headquarters at 226 Hudson Ave. Bike give-aways take place only on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning at 9:30 AM. In addition, we perform bike repairs, free of charge, at the headquarters, and in the summer at four satellite locations.
There are many ways you can get involved in support of our mission. We welcome donations of bikes, bike parts, tools and money to cover expenses such as spare parts. If you have an old car you need to get rid of, you can donate it to Vehicles for Charity and the proceeds will go to RCB. We are always in need of volunteers to serve as mechanics and in a variety of other positions.
You can also support us by buying a used bike. We refurbish and sell some of the better bikes donated to us to help pay expenses.