Allendale Columbia’s “Biking Beyond Rochester” May Term class is collecting old and used bicycles for R Community Bikes, a partner organization that collects and fixes used bicycles for free distribution to Rochester’s most needy students and adults. They also provide a tune up and teaches basic repair skills to AC’s group. The “Biking Beyond Rochester” students will be collecting bikes at Exhibition Night on June 6th. Bikes can also be dropped off at the AC athletic entrance with a “FOR DONATION” note on it.
According to the “Biking Beyond Rochester” May Term course description, students will pedal from AC to the Erie Canalway trail and use it as a path westward to Rochester, eastward to Newark, and “wherever other trail offshoots take us.” They will add science and wildlife observations to their historic stops, and they’ll note interesting artwork along the way. Their culminating adventure will be a 30+ mile-day of riding with a sleepover in a rustic lodge, returning the next day. They will likely ride more than 100 miles during the six-day course.
R Community Bikes is a grassroots, 501(c)3 organization, staffed entirely by volunteers (including AC’s former math teacher Chuck Fujita), that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to the Rochester, NY, area’s most needy children and adults. They give away over 2,000 bicycles every year and do over 3,000 repairs for their clients, many of whom depend on bicycles as their main source of transportation. Starting in 2014, they began providing tricycles to disabled individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to ride. In addition, they supply bicycles or repair services to dozens of community organizations, including church groups, youth centers, and neighborhood associations.
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