Free Bicycle Program Back For Fifth Year

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 06:52 AM

An annual program that gets children on two wheels is underway.

The United Way of Lunenburg County's Bikes For Kids collects bicycles all year for volunteers to repair.

Michael Graves with the United Way says they are then turned over to kids who may not otherwise get one.

"The child poverty rate in Lunenburg County is about 22 percent. There's a lot of kids that are going without and the United Way is all about creating opportunities for kids and families and youth. And this is one very inexpensive way to do that."

Graves says when they started this project five years ago there were 300 bikes just sitting around.

"And all we've done is repurposed them, given them new life. And given kids who can't afford it new adventures, new outdoor adventures - love it."

Members of the O'Regan Subaru Cycling Team, students in the Diesel Repair program at NSCC Lunenburg Campus and Park View CAMS students have spent time in the past year fixing up the donated bikes.

Children can sign up at any of the following locations:

PRO Kids - Town of Bridgewater 902-541-4367
PRO Kids - Municipality of Chester 902-275-3490
PRO Kids - Municipality of Lunenburg 902-541-1343
Town of Lunenburg 902-634-4006
Better Together Family Resource Ctr 902-543-3119
Family Support Centre 902-543-1301

Kids can choose their bike from the 126 online and collect them at centre court of Bridgewater Mall June 7.

Follow this link for more details.

Reported by Ed Halverson
Twitter: @edwardhalverson