A bike drive hosted September 12 by Farmington Hills-based The Shirt Box and Walled Lake-based Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts collected 200 bicycles for Detroit-based Back Alley Bikes (BAB).
According to a press release, bikes began arriving at both businesses weeks ahead of the donation date, and four of the donated bikes were brand new.
A nonprofit community bike shop and repair and resource center, BAB provides cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices and community access. The organization accepts donations of used bikes of any type, style and condition for its Earn a Bike program for youth ages 10 to 17. Participants learn how to fix the bike, which they then keep.
For children under age 10, the nonprofit will repair the bike prior to the donation. Last year, nearly 400 bikes were given to families or earned by youth.
“We are thrilled to announce that, of the bikes collected, four were entirely new. We will be able to donate those to kids right away and hope to have many others fixed-up by Christmas so we can give them away for the holiday,” said Mari Anzicek, operations and communications manager, Back Alley Bikes. “Our team cannot thank The Shirt Box and Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts enough for hosting this drive and are incredibly touched by the generosity of those who donated.”
The event also was supported by Detroit-based Southwest Rides.