RCB Volunteer Matt “Woody” Woodring appeared today on WXXI’s program Connections with Evan Dawson. Woody talked about his struggles with heroin addiction and his advocacy efforts once he got clean. Click here to hear a recording of the discussion, which addressed Rochester’s heroin epidemic.
Woody was also featured in a recent WROC story on the heroin problem.
Woody won RCB’s 2016 Newbie of the Year Award. Among many other things, Woody has whipped our spare parts room into shape.
This spring, the City of Rochester will begin the first phase of a bike share program, operated by industry veteran Zagster and funded entirely by corporate sponsorships and private donations.
Reconnect Rochester has launched a fundraising campaign to bring bike-share stations to an area of the city that is unlikely to draw corporate sponsors (the bright green area on the map to the left; click on the map to enlarge).
RCB has pledged to match donations to Reconnect Rochester’s campaign, dollar-for-dollar, up to $4,500. Please consider donating generously to benefit an area of the city greatly in need. $4.500 in donations, matched by a like amount from RCB, will be enough to fund one $9,000 station.
To make a donation, follow this link and click on the big orange “Donate” button. To activate RCB’s match, be sure to select “R COMMUNITY BIKES!!!” under the “Select a Team” dropdown menu on the next page (see image below). Select either Dan Lill or Brent Williams on the “Select a Team Member” dropdown.
RCB will be closed for Christmas and the New Year’s holidays on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of this week and the week following. That’s December 24, 25, 26, and 31, and January 1 and 2. Happy Holidays Everyone!
Over the last few weeks, RCB volunteers have been busy at our offsite warehouse moving bicycles — lots of bicycles, well more than a thousand — to a new space within the warehouse.
The photograph above is from our December 3 work party, about which Dan Lill wrote:
Mega kudos to all involved in the Flint Street move today. We transformed 2 rooms, the one that we moved from and the one into which we moved. It was a wonderful effort not only by the RCB folks but also by our new friends from the Bike Zone as well as some from Xerox. I would never have imagined that we would have gotten that far. Thanks and blessings to you all. Ibuprofen all the way around!!!
Thanks to that work party, and others before and after, we are well on the way to completing a Herculean task.
Back in October, “[r]ecyclers donated 67 bikes to R Community Bikes at the annual Xerox Recycles Day,” according to RCB’s Fred Sauter, who manned our trailer at the Webster event and took the photographs posted here. Fred was joined by RCB volunteers Brent Williams, John Laing, and Bill Cochrane. “Besides the bikes, Xerox employees came in long lines all day long to recycle an impressive amount of electronics,” Fred added.
Yes, it is a bit untimely to be noting an October event in December. Please blame your truly, the webmaster, for that.
On Sunday, December 4, we welcomed a new crew of volunteers to RCB.
We ask all new volunteers to attend an afternoon session that combines an orientation in shop procedures with an introduction to bike mechanics. Sessions are scheduled whenever our waiting list fills up, generally every two or three months.
If you’re interested in becoming an RCB volunteer, you can get on our waiting list by shooting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the form on this page.
Please consider directing some of your charitable giving toward RCB on this year’s ROC the Day event. Sponsored by the United Way of Greater Rochester, ROC the Day is a 24-hour donation drive, running from midnight, November 29 to midnight, November 30. Mark your calendars!
RCB will be closed to the public this Saturday, November 19. Our volunteers will be busy reorganizing our offsite warehouse.
We will be open on Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22, but then will be closed for the remainder of Thanksgiving week. We’ll be back to our regular schedule starting Monday, November 28.
We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!