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Local wrenches turn for Katrina

Posted by on September 30th, 2005 at 8:59 am

On Sunday, Oct 16th and 22nd bike mechanics from several Portland bike shops will come together to restore old bicycles for Gulf Coast evacuees who have recently been relocated to Portland. The completed bikes will be donated and distributed to new Portlanders by the Red Cross of Portland. The goal is to build approximately twenty bikes (10 adult and 10 kids) for those who want affordable, self-reliant, and environmentally sustainable transportation.

Mississippi Street Fair, Portland OR

The bike building sessions are organized and hosted by North Portland BikeWorks, a small, non-profit neighborhood bike shop, located in the Mississippi Business District.

Through generous donations from distributors such as Cyclone Bicycle Supply, located here in Portland, and J & B Importers out of Seattle, each bike will receive the appropriate new parts and accessories they will need to be functioning and fun bikes to ride. Mechanics from River City Bikes, Coventry Cycle Works, CityBikes Worker Owned Co-op and BikeWorks will be donating their time and energy into the project.

BikeWorks is seeking donations of food to help feed the mechanics and money to help cover costs of helmets and lights for each bicycle. Should anyone want to donate, please stop by BikeWorks during normal business hours (Monday – Saturday 11 – 6:00). Please call Kim Fey, Co-Executive Director with any questions (503) 287-1098.

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  • [...] North Portland Bikeworks, a non-profit bike shop on Mississippi Street, got some prime TV coverage on Sunday night. In case you missed my previous post, they’re fixing up bikes for Katrina victims and spreading bike love to those in need. [...]

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