300 bikes handed off at third annual Community Bikes give-away in Oneida
Oneida — Mongoose, Huffy, Columbia and Daisy Princess bicycles in every color from pink to blue were carefully set up by members of the Oneida 4-H Kids Club on Saturday for the big giveaway which drew a large crowd on Sunday at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida.
Rows of bicycles lined the floor of the Civic Center as potential owners tested and looked over them.
CAP partners with Community Bikes
ONEIDA — Community Action Partnership for Madison County (CAP) has been an active partner with Community Bikes in helping to facilitate the placement of bikes with families and individuals in Madison County who can’t afford them. CAP not only serves as one of several drop-off locations for bikes around the county, but actively coordinates with other human service agencies, schools, churches and organizations in helping to identify families that need a bike.
“Community Bikes has provided over 500 safe bikes, helmets and locks to local families in Madison County,” said CAP Executive Director Julie Dale. “The program not only allows youth a means of transportation and exercise, it also allows adults to commute to local jobs.”
Chuck Fox’s organization holds third annual bicycle giveaway
When he tried to give away his old bicycle five years ago, Chuck Fox had no idea he would be giving away more than 200 donated bikes this year.
Community Bikes, the organization he created to find second homes for bikes, will hold its third annual giveaway 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main St., Oneida.
Fox, an avid recreational bicyclist, said it all started when he upgraded his bike and wondered if someone might like the old one. His wife, Maureen, a family specialist with the Madison County Community Action Partnership, said she had just met with a family that was looking for a used bike for running local errands.
Community Bikes is teaming up with Olympic hopeful Kathryn Bertine to provide bicycles to families in need in the Caribbean country of St. Kitts and Nevis. The bicycles will be placed primarily with women and children without access to a bike as part of a broader outreach effort by the nation’s cycling federation.
“Bicycles can play a critical role in helping vulnerable women, children and families in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Bertine. “It’s wonderful to be able to partner with Community Bikes to serve that need as a complement to the goal of the SKN Cycling Federation to build a strong program that engages women and young people.”
What began with one Hamilton resident and a Colgate alumnus has become a not-for-profit organization with operations from the Madison County area to the Republic of Malawi in Africa.
Over the past few years, the Community Bikes Project, spearheaded by Chuck Fox ’70, has worked to provide a much-needed tool to those without access to other forms of transportation. The organization relies on donations of used bicycles, and work from volunteers from various individuals and organizations that spend time refurbishing the bikes that are to be redistributed.