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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

  1. Gil Yule
    April 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I just left this comment over on the Outpost but I’ll copy it here as well.

    “We delivered our two neglected-and-just-taking-up-space-in-our-garage mountain bikes this morning. The people at Alice Birney fell all over themselves being thankful. The kids were all agog and learning so many life lessons. They had worked hard getting their bikes ready, some bad people stolen them and the community was coming to their aid. They already had a half dozen donated bikes and someone was actually donating a shed to keep them in. We stopped at Henderson Center Bikes here in Eureka to pick up some fresh inter tubes for our donation and they told us they were getting together some things of their own to donate. I love living in this place!”

  2. April 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    It’s nice to part of such a community!

    I hear the kids and the teachers at Alice Birney have really been touched by the generosity shown already and are looking forward to getting more bikes as well as additional funding to keep this program alive.

    This school is one where some 80% of the kids are on the school lunch program, which is to say they are predominately low income.

    I understand they are also always looking for class room volunteers, if anyone’s interested they should contact the school at 441.2495

  3. Ghost of Alice Birney
    April 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

    It is wonderful to see the community helping our children, but what ever happened to your newspaper? Is that the publisher running for county supervisor? The man in the cape and high heels who uses campaign funds to look like Santa Claus? Exploiting needy children for political gain? I must say, the act is disgraceful — but the journalism is worse.

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