Category Archives: Awards & Accomplishments

2016 was a record-breaking year for RCB!

We’ve tallied up the bicycles we repaired and gave away in 2016, and the final numbers are pretty astounding:

  • 2850 bikes given away, over a hundred more than the previous record set in 2011,
  • 4341 repairs, the first time we cracked the 4K mark.

As we get more and more bikes into circulation, more and more will be in need of repair. Makes sense, eh?

RCB honors its volunteers at Summer Picnic

GroupOn Sunday, August 21, RCB held its annual Summer Picnic to celebrate and honor the contributions of our volunteers.


Tom Brothers, right, receiving Volunteer of the Year Award from Dan Lill.

Tom Brothers, right, receiving Volunteer of the Year Award from Dan Lill.

Two volunteers in particular were honored for contributions above and beyond. Tom Brothers received RCB’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Tom has made himself indispensable by working as a mechanic, doing bike fits for customers in our front office, helping to outfit our trailer for offsite clinics, and much more. In the words of our Shop Manager, Steve Sparer, “When something needs doing, Tom just does it.”


Matthew "Woody" Woodring with his Newbie of the Year Award.

Matthew “Woody” Woodring with his Newbie of the Year Award.

Matthew “Woody” Woodring was awarded our Newbie of the Year Award. Woody has made it a personal mission to keep our Hudson Avenue shop organized.  According to Elaine Meadows, winner of last year’s Newbie award, “[Woody] has enthusiastically and happily made a big difference in helping to organize the shop, and help all people find the parts and pieces they need when they are working.  It was obvious when he wasn’t available for a few weeks in the early summer.”






As our Director, Dan Lill, noted, there are a number of volunteers who weren’t singled out, but who still deserve RCB’s thanks. They include, in Dan’s words:

  • our hospitality team for the picnic. All the folks who greeted you or set up and arranged the food and snacks and then cleaned up at the end.
  • our crack sales staff who generate lots of the funds with which we are able to function.
  • the folks who do our pick ups from individuals who can’t transport bikes to the shop. These men and women travel near and far and also spread the word about what we do with folks they meet. They also transport bikes to and from our warehouse at Flint Street.
  • the off siters who work away from 226 Hudson at various places: Westside Farmers’ Market, St Joseph’s House of Hospitality, Asbury Church and Cameron Ministries.
  • the Board of Directors who help keep us focused on what we do and keep us connected in the community.
  • our front office staff who deal with our recipients in situations which are not always easy. These are the folks who have the most direct contact with our neighbors.
  • our lead mechanics who share with us all of their skills and knowledge on a daily basis and for some of us repeatedly!!
  • all of those who keep the shop running smoothly and efficiently. It is pretty amazing to see where we are and from where we came. Lots to be proud of.
  • With all of these groups and all of you as individuals, if I had taken the time yesterday to mention everyone, our permit would have expired. Please know that you are appreciated by your co-volunteers and also by the community we serve.

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Richard Yates achieves Eagle rank after RCB service project

eagleOn Tuesday, the Democrat & Chronicle reported that several local Boy Scouts had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after completing community service projects. Among them was “Richard Yates of Rochester, a member of Troop 152, sponsored by Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, [who] collected 161 bicycles for R Community Bikes.”

Congratulations Richard! And thank you for your service to RCB and your community!




100,000 volunteer hours milestone

Thanks to the combined efforts from all those who volunteer we passed 100,000 hours worked since keeping records in 2009.  Truly a testimonial to the passion, dedication and willingness of all the volunteers to improve not our their (our) lives but the lives of others.

100,000 volunteer hours milestone

Total volunteer hours worked since 2009

Some Pretty Impressive Numbers


While we are not always about the numbers, it is interesting to check them out at strategic times like now, the end/beginning of years. As of Wednesday of this week, we have given away 2,585 bikes in 2015. In addition, we have repaired 4,219 bikes at 226 Hudson Avenue and at our satellite locations. You can do the math but that is pretty close to SEVEN THOUSAND bikes/lives that we touched.


Elizabeth Murphy (FLHSA), Karen Managan (RBC), Ned Davis (Friends & Foundation), Richard DeSarra (RBC), Dan Lill (RCB), Mark Robbins (RBC)

Elizabeth Murphy (FLHSA), Karen Managan (RBC), Ned Davis (FFRPL), Richard DeSarra (RBC), Dan Lill (RCB), Mark Robbins (RBC)

RCB today was the recipient of a grant from RBC, the Rochester Bicycling Club. The award for $3,000 was for tool kits to be given away to graduates of RCB’s newest venture, bike repair education. Graduates of the class will be given Park Tool kits which will enable them to make emergency repairs to their own bikes without relying on our Wednesday and Saturday repairs. Descriptions of the class dates and content will be posted here and at the shop but rest assured this will be a very popular event. Our sincere thanks to RBC for this award but especially to Richard DeSarra, an RBC board member who was instrumental in helping us apply for the grant.

The RBC also awarded grants to the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (FLHSA), for the training of safe-bicycling instructors, and the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL), to construct a Books-by-Bike mobile.

Click here for an earlier news item about this grant.

13WHAM covered the presentation:

2015 Volunteer Picnic

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On Sunday, August 9, RCB held its annual volunteer picnic in Ellison Park, giving us the chance to share good food and good company and to recognize the many contributions of our volunteers. Among those honored this year were Elaine Meadows as New Volunteer of the Year and Rich Wheaton as Volunteer of the Year.

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