Recycle-A-Bicycle provides recycled and refurbished bicycles to economically disadvantaged individuals in the Grand Traverse region. We work with local agencies to get vouchers for our bikes to the people who need them.
Location: 1220 Woodmere, Traverse City, MI 49686
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The workshop will close for the winter December 14th and will reopen on April 3rd.
During winter we are available by appointment to provide bikes or perform repairs on the voucher bikes previously distributed. Please call 231-313- 5070 to make an appointment over the winter break.
What bicycles do you have in your garage that you don’t ride but may transform someone’s life?
Bicycle or bike part donations can be brought to the workshop during our normal hours. Please call us if an alternate time is needed for bike donations.
Interested in becoming an R-A-B recipient?
We provide voucher bikes and free repairs for those bikes at our workshop. To receive a bike individuals must have a bike voucher. Bike vouchers for RaB can be obtained through the local agencies and social workers. Please, contact us if there are questions.
Interested in volunteering at R-A-B?
Volunteers keep the workshop going and we are always looking for new volunteers to help out in a variety of functions. If you have an interest in volunteering at Recycle a Bicycle, please call us or drop us an email.
Looking to purchase a good used bike?
To sustain the workshop and make bikes available to economically disadvantaged individuals, we also make some of the refurbished donated bikes available for purchase to the general public. Bikes can be purchased during our normal workshop hours.
Annual Recycle-A-Bicycle Bike Swap
The R-A-B Bike Swap is for anyone who wants to sell and/or purchase an unused or out-grown bicycle or bike accessory. The funds raised during the Bike Swap allow the Recycle-a-Bicycle program to continue to provide necessary active transportation to economically disadvantaged individuals and families.
Saturday, June 3rd | 6pm-8pm | Bike drop-off at the Old Town Parking Deck
Sunday, June 4th | 9am-2pm | Shop the Bike Swap
Sunday, June 4th | 2pm-4pm | Pick up unsold bikes from the Swap
Scott, an unemployed middle aged man, was desperate for transportation and he was determined to get a bicycle. He hitchhiked in to Traverse City from Mancelona and stopped in at Father Fred’s. They referred him to Don Cunkle at Recycle-A-Bicycle. Don had one bicycle that would work – a 10 speed road bike. Don added reflectors, adjusted the seat, gave him a bag to attach to the handlebars instead of the two plastic bags he was carrying, and sent him on his way. Scott rode the entire way back to Mancelona. In one day Scott’s life was transformed. He had a reliable source of transportation, thanks to someone donating a road bike they no longer used.
Read the 2022 R-A-B Annual Report.
The following organizations have awarded grants to support the Recycle-A-Bicycle program:
4Front Credit Union
Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Cherryland Electric Cooperative “Cherryland Cares”
City Bike Shop
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Great Lake Stainless Steel
Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club
Zonta Club of Traverse City