For Immediate Release
April 05, 2013
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Mayor Menino today announced the start of the third consecutive year of Boston Bikes’ “Roll it Forward” program, an initiative that collects, repairs, and donates bikes to those in need. Since its inception, the program has given more than 1,700 bicycles to Bostonians of all ages and is in need of new donations to continue its work this year. Through “Roll it Forward,” bikes, accompanied by a helmet and lock, are distributed in partnership with local community partners such as health centers, homeless shelters, the housing authority, and other non-profit and government agencies. Boston Bikes is expanding its program as part of Mayor Menino’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which aims to encourage sustainable behavior by Boston residents and businesses to meet the Mayor’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals of 25 percent by 2020.
“Every day we’re working to make Boston a greener and healthier city,” Mayor Menino said. “Roll It Forward brings these benefits of cycling and more to those who might not otherwise have access to a bike. I hope our residents will join the effort and donate a bike to a fellow resident in need.”
Bicycles can be donated at a number of greater Boston locations, including newly-added Landry’s Bicycles in Natick, JRA Cycles in Medford, Dedham Bike, Seaside Cycles in Manchester-by-the-Sea, and for Sudbury residents, the Sudbury Transfer Station. Continuing drop off locations include Eastern Mountain Sports in Newton, Hingham, Boston, and Cambridge, Belmont’s Wheelworks, Giant Cycling World in Boston, and Back Bay Bicycles in Boston. L.L. Bean, with locations in Burlington, Dedham, and Mansfield, will be hosting a bike drive from April 26-28, offering up to 30% off toward the purchase of a new bike, accessories, apparel, and Thule racks. While donated bikes don’t need to be in perfect condition, they should not have excessive rust or extreme damage. The program’s mechanics will fix up each bike that comes in and ensure that it is in safe riding condition for the next owner.
Those who donate bikes are eligible to claim a thank you reward of either a bicycle jersey/t-shirt or gift pack of Perfect Fuel Chocolate, a new Boston-based performance chocolate company. Some of the drop off locations also offer discounts toward the purchase of a new bike or bike parts. Anyone interested in donating or hosting a bike drive should visit www.bostonbikes.org for more information.