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.
Many thanks to three brave RCB volunteers for helping at the Brighton Festival of Ideas on Saturday the 4th of March.
At this annual event, Brighton students in grades 3 through 8 participate in educational workshops presented by members of the community.
Manish Dixit, Dave Teegarden and Brent Williams entertained three groups of Brighton’s finest with a variety of bike repair skills. This is our third year participating in the event. Thanks, guys. Rave reviews all the way around.
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 repairing bikes for the homeless next Thursday, September 15, just outside the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. As we’ve done for several years, we will be one of many service organizations providing “one-stop” assistance to the homeless on that day as part of Project Homeless Connect. Other agencies will provide assistance such as health care, social services, legal advice, and more.
Look for us next to our trailer outside the arena from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
We will also be doing repairs on that day at our regularly scheduled clinic at Asbury First United Presbytarian Church from 8 am to 12 noon.
RCB is proud to have supplied bicycles and helmets to the young people who participate in the Green Visions program. Green Visions benefits the JOSANA neighborhood in two ways: by giving on-the-job horticultural training to young residents and by turning abandoned lots into flower gardens.
Green Visions just released the first in a series of 14 videos focusing on this year’s participants in their program. The video also documents how important it is to those participants to have a reliable means of transportation, such as the bicycles supplied by RCB.
Three students from The Harley School’s Horizons Student Enrichment Program participated at RCB for two weeks this summer. With the help of Dale Maddock, Gene McCabe and Tom Perry, the three would-be mechanics learned about basic bike maintenance skills. At the end of the two-week program, they each will receive a Park Tool kit and two-way hand pump. These are thanks to the Rochester Bicycling Club’s very generous grant which will be assisting our neighbors to be more self reliant.
Gabriela and Dale
Channing and Gene
Please join us on WAYO 104.3 FM tonight at 6pm, when we will be speaking with Karen Lankeshofer about women and cycling. In addition to being an RCB volunteer, Karen is on the board of the Rochester Cycling Alliance and is involved in putting together an upcoming Women’s Safe Cycling Summit. If you are outside of WAYO’s broadcast area, please click this link for streaming options.
On July 9, the Canandaigua Farmers Market will be hosting a bike drive on behalf of R Community Bikes. If you have any old bikes gathering dust, please consider bringing them to the market between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. RCB will refurbish them and put them in the hands of people in need.
The market is located in downtown Canandaigua on the east side of South Main Street in the parking lot between Lafayette Avenue and Mill Street (a map and directions can be found on the Market’s webpage).
The bike drive is part of the Market’s Kids Day, which will feature a variety of events for children, including instruction in bicycle safety by RV&E Bike and Skate.