R Community Bikes is pleased to work with No One Left Behind, an organization that assists individuals who supported our troops as interpreters in Afghanistan or Iraq and who now are living in exile in the U.S. due to threats against their lives. Pictured here is one such individual with his two kids and also a new friend, Chris. Chris and a group of his friends found out about NOLB and decided to help out. They are now, as a group, purchasing high end bikes for the interpreters and their families. By doing so, the recipients get better quality bikes and do not have to go through the give away procedures. A small token of one group’s appreciation for another group’s efforts.
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?
Yesterday, local journalistic phenomenon Geoffrey Rogers appeared on CBS This Morning (click here or on the photograph above to see the video). Pictured below is Geoffrey with RCB’s Tim Kearney just after Geoffrey interviewed us for a story a few weeks ago. He was very thankful to us for providing him a bike.
Today Aaron Engle came to R Community Bikes with service coordinator Jonathan Fatta from the Hickok Center for Brain Injury to pick up a special adaptive recumbent trike donated by a caring family who no longer needed it.
Brian is a stroke survivor who has partial muscle control on his right side.
This trike is specially designed to be operated with one hand. It was was tuned, adjusted and reconditioned at the shop.
Brian has cycled using similar adaptive bikes on a ‘sign up / loan out’ basis provided by the SportsNet program in the past but now he can ride the Erie Canal bike path from Fairport any time he wants.
Susan & Steven
RCB volunteer Susan Barnish made a surprise visit to the shop today, coming back to Rochester for a very short visit to see family and friends.
All of us were thrilled to see her and greatly appreciated her working in the shop on our busy day. Just like old times…wrenching on bike repairs and helping in the give away process. Hasn’t lost her skills…just like riding a bike.
Susan teaches English for Kindergarten and is a Special Projects Coordinator working at El Salvador Missions in El Salvador.
Big thanks to volunteer Steve Christensen covering for Bill Cochrane who is out on medical leave. Steve managed customer check in and bike evaluation for all bike repairs today.
Today, RCB donated 15 bicycles, locks and helmets to Greentopia’s Green Visions program. Green Visions gives on-the-job training to at-risk youth, who learn to cultivate flowers in the JOSANA neighborhood of Rochester. The bicycles and equipment donated by RCB will allow program participants to get to and from their job sites.
Dan Lill, Yana Khashper
On June 9, RCB donated two bicycles to ROCovery Fitness, an organization that was founded by Yana Khashper and Sean Smith to help people in recovery stay sober through physical activity. You can read more about the organization’s mission in a story from last year in the Democrat & Chronicle.
Yana Khashper, Dan Lill, Sean Smith