Donated bicycles are made useful again providing clients independence through a healthy and affordable mode of transportation. Recycle-A-Bicycle provides multiple economic, health and social benefits to the community.TART Trails Inc. Recycle-A-Bicycle Program is a non-profit initiative providing economically disadvantaged individuals in the Grand Traverse region refurbished bicycles for transportation purposes.
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.
What bicycles do you have in your garage that you don’t ride but may transform someone’s life? Contact Don Cunkle, TART’s Recycle-A-Bicycle program director, to learn how you can help. 231.649.3443.
Special Thanks to the following organizations for awarding grants to support the Recycle-A-Bicycle program.
Community Foundation Campbell Endowment
Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Great Lake Stainless Steel