With the goal of sharing the joy of cycluting [bike commuting] with others, I'm coordinating a Bike Extravaganza at Framingham State College on Sept. 10.
Some 700 students/staff members live close enough to campus to bike commute there -- many of them without changing clothes or breaking a sweat. Hardly anyone does.
Because university communities are traditionally not flush with money, when I suggest that commuters bike to campus, they either laugh at me or bemoan, "I don't have a bike."
So I have a booth -- RECYCLE A BICYCLE at the Bike Extravaganza, to get bikes in the hands of budding bike commuters who need a cheap, fast and easy way to get in the saddle and start experiencing the joy of cycluting.
My friend and devoted cycluter Doug Sheperd and I both know know there are bikes out there- curbside with the garbage, at transfer stations, in the backs of people's garages. Doug collects them and gives them to me for Recycle a bicycle. [THANKS DOUG.]
I NEED BIKES! They must be in working order -- I'm willing to lubricate the chain, tighten the brakes and pump up the tires, but that's it. If the tires are cracked, well, OK, the buyer can buy new tires. The bikes are for adults-- of all sizes, from 5 feet and up. Clear out your garage, pick up bikes from the side of the road or at the transfer station and get them to me.
DROP OFF POINTS: My office is in Framingham--Route 9/California Ave. [Technology Park] near exit 12 of the MassPike. I live in Ayer. My co-organizer lives in Waltham. I will be in Woburn on Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at Cummings Park at 7 pm. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-879-5600 x105.
THANKS IN ADVANCE for your donations.