Bike Bank Renfrew County is open again after giving away more than 100 bikes in 2021

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Bicycle Bank Renfrew County is open up again, many thanks to the Ottawa Valley Biking and Lively Transportation Alliance (OVCATA). In 2021, its very first year, extra than 100 folks in Renfrew County who could not afford bikes received reconditioned utilised kinds as a result of this one of a kind service.

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Volunteers doing work with Bike Bank Renfrew County collect used bikes, put them as a result of a mechanical and basic safety checklist, and get them to folks who can use them. Final 12 months, they have been practically confused with donations and requests from the Ottawa area, but this calendar year, they’re earning it clear the company, operated by a handful of persons on a tight finances, can acquire from or donate to individuals locally.

“The whole issue is to empower absolutely everyone in Renfrew County who desires a bicycle, to have 1,” stated Pat Krose, OVCATA co-chairperson. “Young or outdated, a bicyle can transform someone’s existence. A bicycle can give you a sense of independence and freedom and make you much better, more healthy and happier. For the folks who want and want a bicycle but simply cannot afford a single, we hope Bike Financial institution Renfrew County will fill an crucial want.”

OVCATA members acquire bikes from the OPP, folks, bike outlets, squander internet sites and other sources and set them in performing buy for donation to any one who asks for just one.

Persons who want a bicycle just need to make contact with OVCATA, and volunteers will figure out what kind and dimensions of bicycle is desired and prepare for delivery. Initially, make contact with is currently being completed via community companies.

Bikes are stored at numerous spots around Renfrew County. Yantha’s Cycle in Pembroke arrived ahead to present the Bike Bank’s first storage location, as effectively as complex assist and suggestions, and made use of sections.

“Bike Lender Renfrew County succeeded last year way over and above our expectation many thanks to massive regional aid and participation,” Krose mentioned.  “We set a ton of bikes into the palms of individuals who required and wanted them, and the response from folks who obtained bikes was heartwarmingly favourable.”

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OVCATA is inquiring for donations of bikes and for volunteers who can aid decide up, repair service, retailer and supply bikes.

Men and women can add also by building funds donations on the OVCATA internet site or by volunteering to function with Bike Bank.

“Bike Bank Renfrew County price tag us more than $2,500 previous calendar year, together with sections and insurance plan charges,” Krose reported. “That will come to about $25 per bike. But it was value it.”

Individuals seeking bikes can use an on the net software form  to support OVCATA uncover a bike that is ideal for them. To donate a spare bicycle people can fill out this form with their name, locale and details about the bicycle.