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'Pedals for Progress' Returns for Bike Drive in Yorktown

May 22, 2008

This just in from the Westchester Cycle Club: The “PEDALS FOR PROGRESS” USED BIKE DRIVE is this Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2880 Crompond Road in Yorktown Heights. That’s Routes 202/35, just east of the Taconic State Parkway, across the street from FDR state Park.

Bike owners bring their RUST FREE BIKES with a $10 donation to cover part of the shipping costs. Both the monetary donation and the gift of the bike are tax-deductible, with bikes typically valued at half their purchase price. They are also collecting USED SEWING MACHINES and USED SOCCER CLEATS and SOCCER BALLS.

All donations will be shipped to Jinotepe, Nicaragua, to be reconditioned at EcoTec and distributed at low cost to poor working adults and their children. The bikes provide their new owners with transportation to work, a ride to the clinic, or a way to transport produce to market. Kids ride bikes to school or for fun.

Adult and children’s bikes are accepted, but not tricycles. Bikes with thin tires can be used in communities with paved roads. Bikes must be in repairable condition, and the frames must be free from rust. Rust on bright metal (handlebars and rims)is acceptable. If a bike has been stored INSIDE for several years, it will most likely be acceptable. Flat tires are fine, but the bike needs two wheels. Parts or disassembled bikes aren’t taken.

For more information, please contact Dave Wilson by calling 914-217-5600 or sending a message to davidmckaywilson@aol.com.



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