Second Chance Week
Bicycle Re-Use Event


RecycleWorks Bike Re-Use Event
October 19, 2002

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In honor of Second Chance Week, RecycleWorks of San Mateo County, in conjunction with several nonprofit and business partners, sponsored a County-wide bicycle collection, repair and redistribution program. Community members responded heartily, donating over 500 bicycles.

Residents dropped off their old bikes at nine locations throughout the County, while SamTrans, the Police Activities League, and several city police stations contributed large numbers of used bicycles. On Saturday, October 19, the bicycles were shuttled to two locations where they were fixed up by volunteer mechanics.

In San Mateo, sixty volunteers including mechanics from Pacific Bicycles, Bikestation Palo Alto, Chain Reaction, REI and The Bike Hut spent the day fixing up 160 bicycles. The volunteers shared tools they brought from home, and scavenged parts from bicycles destined for metal recycling to use for repairing higher-quality bikes. Among the volunteers were thirteen men from Project Ninety, a drug and alcohol rehab center, who each took home a bicycle at the end of the day. The other restored bikes are headed for the Samaritan House and the Children's Fund in time for the holidays.

Overall, the Bicycle Re-Use Event resulted in 280 bicycles being repaired and many frames and parts recycled for metal. The remaining unfinished bikes will be funneled to Major Taylor Cycling Club, the Mt. View Community Service Agency Bike Exchange and the Bike Hut for further repair.

Event Partners
Nonprofits Haulers

Clara-Mateo Alliance, Inc.
Project 90
Samaritan House
San Mateo County Children's Fund
Woodside Terrace AM Kiwanis Club

Recology of the Coast
Recology San Bruno
South San Francisco Scavenger Co.

Bike Clubs Bike Shops

Peninsula Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition

Bike Connection, Menlo Park
The Bike Hut, San Francisco
Bike Route, Inc., San Bruno
Bikestation, Palo Alto
Broken Spoke, San Carlos
Campus Bike Shop, Stanford University
Cardinal Bicycle, Palo Alto
Chain Reaction, Redwood City
Menlo Velo, Menlo Park
Pacific Bicycles, Redwood City