Monday, August 8, 2011

A Fresh Load to Refurbish

Twenty bikes were brought down from King County Metro, through the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, by our volunteers Bob Duffy and Anne Van Sweringer on Thursday.

Thanks to Erin Scheel for the new storage container the Bike PARTners have at Intercity Transit's maintenance yard. There's now plenty of space to keep bike stock for the upcoming school year.

In Washington the tide is turning against infrastructure that doesn't support multi-modes of transportation. This tasty fact was found while perusing the planning blog Planetizen."A mile of new urban highway costs $46-100 million, according to former House of Representative Transportation chairman Jim Oberstar, while a mile of 12-foot-wide bikeway costs $125,000." That's a smaller footprint on the ground AND the budget.

Friday, August 5, 2011

25 Bikes Ready for Fall

Intercity Transit stores bicycles abandoned on the buses in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater as does King County Metro of Seattle. Late in 2010, a team of volunteers (later to be dubbed the Bike PARTners) began collecting and restoring these salvaged bikes.
Now as summer rushes to the finish line and the school year approaches Bike PARTner volunteers are busy, with the help of tools and parts from Joy Ride Bikes in Lacey, refurbishing bikes to distribute at Peter G. Schmidt and Madison elementary schools.

Bike PARTners distributed 50 bikes at Roosevelt elementary this spring. That number will double in to 2011-2012 year. 25 of 100 bikes have already been scrubbed down and outfitted with new cables, tires, and brake shoes.

The Bike PARTners