Donated Bikes become "New Wheels" for Refugees

Community Council Hosts Bike Drives in May

 

April 2016

 

May is Bike Month, and the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, two Sacramento congregations, and Opening Doors are teaming up to provide bicycle transportation to refugees resettling here in Sacramento.

 

Two events are planned to gather and tune up bikes. The first is Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 pm at the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, and Sunday, May 22 at 12:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento.

 

Working side-by-side, bike donors and recipients will tune up the bikes with guidance from Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen volunteers.

 

Opening Doors anticipates resettling 510 refugees this year. Most are coming from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

 

Refugees resettling in Sacramento face numerous challenges, and transportation is one of the most difficult to address. Refugees rely on expensive taxis and limited public transportation options.

 

By donating gently used bikes, community members give refugees a flexible transportation option so they can get to appointments, ESL class, job interviews, and even the grocery store.

 

We need your help keeping refugee riders visible and safe. If you would like to support this project by contributing helmets, locks, and lights, make a donation and designate “Bike Drive.”

 

Special thanks to our partners Filco Superstore for donating storage space, and Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen for hosting repair classes.

 

Read other articles from April 2016:

Day of Giving: Tuesday, May 3

A Life without Fear, A Life Lived: Peace of Mind through Immigration