Healthy Living: National Bike Month
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May is National Bike Month and tomorrow starts Ride Your Bike To Work Week. How about you give it a try? Don't have a bike to ride to work? The Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network can help you.
Joanne Klepetar, The Saratoga Healthy Transpiration Network President said, “Our goal is to get bikes into the hands who need them mostly for functionality cycling."
This week is Bike to Work Week, but some people can't afford a bike.. come visit this group and the affordability will no longer be a problem. The bikes, hundreds of them have been donated by the community, some need fixing, some need polishing, some need a new tire, and some are ready to go.
“We have a lot of road bikes, mountain bikes and cruisers. We do have a mixed bag here,” said Klepetar.
Last year they gave away about 65 bikes, volunteers assist in repairing them.
"Ten volunteer come in and grab a bike off the rack and check it out and see what it needs and work on it. The community comes in and they request a bike and their volunteer to work on it with them the bike they want to adopt,” said Klepetar
Stephanie Hudson needed a bike last year.
"A guy that I work with at the YMCA told me about the bike workshop, how you can come in and earn a bike. I was in need of a bike I came in put my time in,” said Hudson.
Those who want a free bike don't have to pay for it, all they need is to donate a few hours of their time. They ask for consumers to volunteer six hours.. doing what you might ask?
“We have them work on other bikes, change tires. If they don't have any knowledge or don't want to work on a bike, we have them do other things, clean up, use steel wool and clean them up,” said Klepetar.
Stephanie enjoyed volunteering so much, she still does.
“Very rewarding. A lot of kids come in from the Y and I help them earn a bike fix a bike and it's a really good feeling,” said Hudson.
A special treat at Holiday time, kids get a free bike along with a free helmet, so when they can, kids can bike to school and parents bike to work.
For more information, visit www.healthytransportation.org.