Welcome to R Community Bikes!
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Cycles for People with Special Needs
We recently received a $5000 Community Health Award from Excellus BC/BS to enable us to create up to 60 three-wheeled vehicles in our shop using standard bikes from our inventory of donated bikes. These trikes are being specially modified for use by those with special needs. Here is the first recipient of a converted bike, Arsenio Armstrong, 27 accompanied by proud dad Earl Thomas. Click here to check out media coverage of the announcement as well as photos of some of the adapted cycles. To read about the impact on the community, click on the Democrat and Chronicle article.
RCB Featured in POST
The May / June issue of this Rochester magazine features an article written by Michelle Shippers with a number of excellent photos taken by Hannah Betts.
Mural / Little Free Library DedicationClick here for more...
Ongoing - RCB is providing Camp Good Days and Special Times twenty five bikes each month for the next four months. The first 25 were picked up April 16.
Rehabing for SportsNet
SportsNet, an adaptive sports and inclusive recreation program of Rochester Rehabilitation, asked us if we would be willing to repair and clean some adaptive recumbent bikes and trikes for use by their clients. Our volunteers gladly accepted the challenge, with significant assistance by some of our friends from Lifetime Assistance (photo). In all 15 bikes/trikes were quickly readied for reuse. As can be seen in the video, one of our volunteers used to pedaling with her feet does not find this easy! Learn more about SportsNet.
2013 Another Banner Year!
Last year we gave away approximately 2500 bikes, 60% to adults. Although we give away teen and kids bikes all year, in December we donated over 150 children's bikes to the Brockport Toy Shelf, Cameron Ministries, Wilson Commencement Park, School #4, and Mothers in Need of Others. Sources for our bikes include individual donations throughout the year as well as a number of very successful bike drives organized by churches and synagogues, Rotary clubs, local businesses, and local towns.
We carried out some 3800 repairs during the year, divided among the shop and four summer offsite locations. Although we buy a significant number of parts each year, we were the beneficiaries of very generous donations from Dick Geer, whose father ran a bicycle repair business, and Freyda Black, from Chemung County.
To make all of this possible, a total of 152 volunteers worked more than 14,000 hours, which is equivalent to a small business with approximately 7 full-time employees. We are sincerely grateful to all who have helped RCB continue its primary mission of helping those needing basic transportation. Your donations of bicycles, parts, money, and time have enabled us to continue to make a significant impact on the community.
Check out the 2013 Annual Report for more details.
Who We Are
R Community Bikes is a grassroots, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to the Rochester, NY area's most needy children and adults. Our mission is meeting the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as for transport to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions. For this segment of the population, both quality of life and the ability to participate in our community are greatly enhanced when our mission is achieved. R Community Bikes also provides a venue for the Rochester bicycling community to conduct educational programs relative to bicycle safety and maintenance. Click here to read our 2013 Annual Report.
We are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at our warehouse at 226 Hudson Ave. (at the intersection with Woodbury Street). Bike give-aways take place only on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the warehouse beginning at 9:30 AM. In addition, we perform bike repairs, free of charge, daily at the shop, and in the summer at four off-site locations (see Calendar for details). Our telephone number is 585-234-2008.
We welcome donations of bikes, bike parts, tools and money to cover expenses such as spare parts. We are always in need of volunteers to serve as mechanics and a variety of other positions. We provide the necessary training.
Community Togetherness Makes a Real Difference
Conversations that matter: Chip Dawson befriended can and bottle recycler John H. and learned about the problems created when John's bicycle was stolen. Chip's letter to the editor triggered a sequence of events that resulted in John receiving reliable transportation. Read story...
How We Began
Fix a Flat and Then Some. What started out as one man's offer to fix a flat tire in the parking lot of a homeless shelter has developed into an incorporated, not for profit, 501(c)3 volunteer army that provides more than six hundred bicycles to Rochester NY's neediest citizens every year. Who would have thought!!
Bill D'Anza was serving lunch at St Joseph's House of Hospitality in the city when he was asked if he could do some minor bike repair for a guest. Bill willingly responded and soon drew a crowd in St. Joe's parking lot. Bill promised to return the next week, and out of that offer and the assistance of many new volunteers over the years, has come what is now R Community Bikes. Read full story...
Photo by Mike Crupi, courtesy of The Courier-Journal