Elyrians are volunteering to repair up bicycles which have been donated to the town as a part of the Second Annual Bike Donation Drive.
Over 300 bikes have been donated and are being inspected and stuck earlier than being given to residents of the town at no cost, stated assistant security service director Ren Flanders.
“This couldn’t have been accomplished with out our partnership with the Elyria Bicycle Schooling Middle and the Lorain County Neighborhood Motion company,” she stated.
Simply this month there have been two volunteer preparation days the place volunteers got here to assist the challenge.
Jon Olszewski volunteered his time and reminisced about time spent together with his kids using bikes.
“I simply needed to be a bit bit extra concerned locally,” he stated. “My kids and I rode bikes round after they have been little and I knew what I used to be doing with bikes. I simply figured I might assist.”
Volunteers spent their time washing and disinfecting the bikes, adjusting the gears and fixing the brakes and finding out which bikes are usable and which aren’t.
“That is for Elyrians who need to trip, work and play. We need to get them lively and it is a smart way to try this,” Flanders stated.
Subsequent week from 9 a.m. via 1 p.m. at West Park Storage at 1200 Foster Ave. in Elyria the Second Annual Construct-A-Bike occasion will happen.
Volunteers are inspired to deliver any related instruments or spare elements wanted.
“If individuals have expertise and need to come, that is nice,” Flanders stated.
“However you do not have to have expertise. We’d like individuals to sanitize and wash the bikes and check drive them. There are all the time methods for individuals to nonetheless assist.”
Folks will be capable to fill out an internet utility at cityofelyria.org/bikes. Flanders stated it would take lower than three minutes and a distribution can be held for these chosen someday in June.
Volunteer Herb Delaporte stated he’s volunteering his time to assist individuals locally discover transportation to work.
“We don’t have any bike retailers within the metropolis of Elyria. Folks can’t go to work in the event that they don’t have transportation,” he stated. “I need to assist assist the infrastructure that’s beginning to present. I additionally need to assist EBEC.”
Fixing up the bikes is an efficient approach to scale back waste and make use of sources, Delaporte stated.
“We’re giving these bikes a brand new life and that is one thing that feels proper,” he stated. I do not thoughts choosing up a wrench.”