New bicycles are great gifts – old bicycles are too!
Don’t throw away your old bikes, save them for ACUA’s spring Pedals for Progress event.
After the holidays, when many people give and receive new bicycles as gifts, many used bikes end up in landfills. If you have used bicycles, please do not throw them in the trash. If you are able to hold on to them until May, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will host a Pedals for Progress bike collection in Egg Harbor Township. The ACUA hosted their first Pedals for Progress in November, which collected 36 bikes, two sewing machines and donations totaling $778. Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate his or her bike to this worthy cause. Disassembled bikes, or “bikes for parts” are not accepted.
Pedals for Progress takes used bicycles that people bring to the drive and ships them to partner organizations in developing countries that distribute them to local people for transportation. P4P collects over 11,000 bicycles annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 115,000 have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. In these countries the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, or accessing health care and other services. Steady employment for these adults is vital to the development and success for these economies.
It costs $35 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per bike). All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt will be available at the collection. Working portable sewing machines are also accepted.
Pedals for Progress is a 501 (c) (3) corporation and a registered charity in the states of NJ, PA, KS, CT, MA & VT. For detailed information about Pedals for Progress’ overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collections, visit www.p4p.org.