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Alderman Requests Bike Donations For Edgewater Kids In Need

Photo: 48th Ward Office

With new bike lanes being built throughout the 48th Ward in a pilot project with the Chicago Department Of Transportation (CDOT), the ability to pedal your way around the community has become more safe and easy.

However, for many area children, the ability to own a bike is not possible. Alderman Harry Osterman is trying to remedy that situation by asking residents to donate their bikes to those kids in need.

“One of the most consistent remarks I hear when meeting with students in our community is that they need bikes,” said Alderman Osterman in an email statement. “A bike can provide a teen the ability to access the best our city has to offer them: school, after school programs, jobs, and museums & libraries.”

According to the release, you can donate your bicycles at the Argyle Night Market on Thursday, August 10 or 17, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; or to the Edgewater Farmers Market on Saturday, August 12 or 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bikes should be in good working condition, as they will not accept anything in need of intensive repair. They are also looking for donations of helmets and locks that can accompany kids when they pick up their bikes.

Once collected, the bikes will be distributed to area youth through the program’s community partners: B.A.M. (Becoming A Man), Chicago Park District, and GirlForward.

The bicycle donation program is also in need of volunteers who are skilled in repairs such as lubing chains, replacing inner tubes or adjusting brakes to help get the bikes up to par. Additional volunteers will also be needed to help clean up the bikes.

Contact Ally Brisbin at the 48th Ward office at ally@48thward.org to volunteer. Repair sessions will take place during the week of August 21.


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