For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
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Mayor Menino’s “Roll it Forward” program, an initiative of Boston Bikes, today teamed up with the Boston Police Department for a bicycle giveaway to 24 Boston youths who won an essay contest on the topic of “Things I could do in Boston on a bicycle.” The Police Department held the essay contest to positively engage with city youth, as well as encourage and support biking in Boston. The youth will first attend a safety workshop before receiving their bikes, helmets, and locks, which will be followed by a short bike ride and pizza party.
“When residents and visitors choose to bike, the result is a healthier city and a greener city,” Mayor Menino said. “This campaign brings the benefits of cycling to all our neighborhoods, and makes riding a bicycle a possibility young people across the city.”
Today’s giveaway marks the 2,000th bike provided through the Roll it Forward program, which collects, repairs, and donates bikes to low-income Boston residents through partnerships with community organizations. Boston is the only municipality in the United States to achieve a giveaway of this scale. The program began in 2010 in an effort to improve access to bicycles for Boston residents of all incomes and neighborhoods, promoting bicycle use for health and fitness and low-cost transportation. Past recipients of bikes include homeless individuals in support programs, youth in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Boston Housing Authority residents, youth at Artists for Humanity, and area health center patients, among others.
Reaching 2,000 bikes would not have been possible without the support of the wider Boston bike community, including all those who have donated bicycles, the drop off locations who accept bikes, as well as International Bicycle Centers & Pedro’s, who have donated hundreds of bikes through their youth trade up program and supplied the program with tools and supplies to repair the bikes, respectively. J&B Importers and Kryptonite have also supported the program by providing low cost access to parts and locks.
The program will continue to collect, repair, and donate bikes. Bicycles can be donated at a number of greater Boston locations, including Eastern Mountain Sports in Newton, Hingham, Boston, and Cambridge, Belmont’s Wheelworks, Giant Cycling World in Boston, Back Bay Bicycles in Boston, 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. 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. Anyone interested in donating or hosting a bike drive should visit www.bostonbikes.org for more information.
About Boston Bikes: Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Boston Bikes focuses on improvements in all six universal bike planning areas: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Equity, Encouragement, and Evaluation.
About Greenovate Boston
Greenovate Boston is a collective movement and innovative solution to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city by meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Propelled by creativity and drive, Greenovate Boston will encourage continued sustainable growth within the city, making Boston the greenest in the United States. Visit http://greenovateboston.org for details.