Picking Up, Giving Away, and Educating

JANUARY 18, 2013

Source: BostonBikes

Brookline Donation

Brookline Donation

Last Thursday was a particularly busy day for us in Community Programming. Our day started off with a visit to the Brookline Police Department.

To our excitement, we coordinated with Detective Wagner, under the leadership of Chief Daniel C. O’Leary, to pick up a load of 26 bikes for the Roll it Forward program. This is the first time we’ve worked with the Brookline police on a bicycle donation and are hoping it becomes a semi-annual or annual pick up. Thank you Brookline PD!

Photo Credit: Cynthia Ginnetti, Artists for Humanity

Photo Credit: Cynthia Ginnetti, Artists for Humanity

After unloading that pick up, we headed to Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) in Hingham for another pick up. EMS has been a huge partner in collecting bikes for us, with busy drop off locations in Harvard Square, Allston, Newton, and Hingham.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Ginnetti, Artists for Humanity

Photo Credit: Cynthia Ginnetti, Artists for Humanity

As if to go full circle in one day, later in the afternoon we headed to two different programs: a Roll it Forward giveaway with Artists for Humanity and the first day of a four week indoor mechanics and safety workshop for students in grades 4–6.

Photo Credit: Dominique Cave, Artists for Humanity

Photo Credit: Dominique Cave, Artists for Humanity

The giveaways at Artists for Humanity are always inspiring and energizing. The teens who receive bikes are engaged, interested, thankful, and excited. Our safety workshop, which usually lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour, went for nearly an hour and a half because of great youth participation, genuine interest, and questions. Most recipients said they would use their bikes to get to school and to work, and would ride with each other.

As we unloaded the bikes out of the truck, the teens whooped with joy and jumped in the air upon seeing their new bike. It gave us chills and we wished all of our sponsors and various people that support our work could be there to see that they really are making a huge impact and supporting a great program.

Meanwhile, on the other side of South Boston, we had a successful day at the Tierney Center, part of the Old Colony Housing Development. This program is being offered in partnership with the Boston Public Library and the Boston Housing Authority. Youth excitedly learned about the parts of the bike, safety checking a bike, different tools used to work on bikes, and then practiced taking a wheel on and off.

All in all, it was an exhilarating day in Boston Bikes’ Community Cycling Programs!