Wednesday, 5 December 2012

2nd Annual Cycle of Giving

Basically, various volunteers (many from community bicycle shops and bicycling advocacy organizations, but others too) will build bikes for kids for 24 hours (Dec. 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm until Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm). The event focuses on giving less fortunate children bicycles and bicycle resources they may not otherwise be able to afford. 'tis the season, after all.

The WRENCH has participated in other projects based on making biking accessible to children from poorer homes. Back in July, they partnered with MPI, the WRHA, and the U of M Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter to give nine kids rebuilt and properly fitted bikes, helmets, locks, and road safety training.

1st annual Cycle of 

Image Source: The WRENCH
The WRENCH donated 20 broken bikes to be fixed up and rebuilt specially for nine children during the summer event. It's likely similar to what the end result of the 2nd annual Cycle of Giving will look like.

The 11 annual Cycle of Giving was very impressive. The goal was to rebuild 150 bikes in 24 hours and the volunteers exceeded it by rebuilding 229 bicycles. 70 people volunteered to rebuild the bikes then.

 For this 2nd annual Cycle of Giving the WRENCH is looking for both donations of bicycles and bike parts as well as money to buy children bikes, locks, lights, and fund bike education. They hope to raise $15,000.

Wish 'em the best of luck. All in all, it's a great illustration of the best that the solid network of community bike shops and bicycling advocates in Winnipeg can do.

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