Stolen bikes reveal generous community
Donated bikes (seen at right) are already arriving following an 8-bike heist at Alice Birney Elementary School. Info below on how to give if you can.
By Natalie Arroyo and Melanie Williams.
Let’s turn this bummer of a situation on its head! Have any kids bikes to donate?!
The Alice Birney Elementary bike program just suffered a huge blow…the 8 bikes that the students have been working on all semester were just stolen. The kids were set to ride these bikes in the Rhody Parade, Tour of the Unknown Coast, Bike to School Day and Alice Birney Bike Rodeo.
Brad Albee and Melanie Williams have been working with the students all year to prepare for these events and prepare their bikes. Alice Birney and the Public Health Branch also wrote a successful grant to support the upcoming bike rodeo and bike to school day event. This school bike program has been the most inspiring and effective youth bicycling program in the County – with dedicated students, teachers and community members supporting.
They are looking for donations of kids’ bikes to keep the students able to participate in all the programs for which they have trained. Specifically, geared 20” and 24” bikes, with hand brakes, in repairable condition.
If you have such a bike to donate please take it to Adventure’s Edge (650 10th Street Arcata, CA 95521 – 707.822-4673) so that it can be made street ready.
Monetary Donations can be sent to:
Alice Birney Bike Program
c/o Alice Birney Elementary School
717 South Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503