Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission has everything in place to collect used bikes that are in good condition so they can be given to the city’s homeless population.
The commission got city council to provide free storage space, and then got organizers of the Colorado Farm & Art Market to agree to a collection site at their Wednesday market, beginning this Wednesday, Aug. 18, through Oct. 13. The market is from 3 to 7 p.m. at America the Beautiful Park, just off Colorado Avenue west of Cascade. PPJPC will have a table set up at the park entrance.
Now, back to those bikes. This is not the place to unload your junkers. PPJPC executive director Steve Saint has issued the following checklist if you do have a bike to donate:
1. Bikes in need of obvious repairs should be repaired before they are donated.
2. If the only challenge is flat tires, please inflate them to see if they hold air before donating them.
3. If you do not have a bike pump or way to inflate tires, we will have hand pumps at the Farmer’s Market. Bike tires will be inflated and the bikes taken on a test drive around the park before we accept them.
4. If you have a suitable bike but no way to transport it to the park, please contact us. At present, we have no way of transporting bikes but will keep you on a list should transportation become an option.
5. Acceptable bikes will get you a receipt for tax deduction.
For more information, contact Steve at 632-6189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.