Bicycle giveaway gives children new rides in New Rochelle – The Journal News | LoHud.com
NEW ROCHELLE More than 150 people arrived on two feet Saturday at a community center and left on two wheels.
The annual Bicycle Give Away paired donated, refurbished bikes with both children and adults who needed new wheels.
“I’m going to go with my dad for a ride to the park,” declared a smiling Fidel Lopez, 12, who waited on a long but orderly line at Hope Community Services for a shot at a bicycle.
Like all the other children who were qualified to take part in the event, Fidel was rewarded with a shiny, orange bicycle and a new bike helmet.
“A bicycle means freedom,” said Bill O’Connell, of the Westchester Cycle Club, one of several organizations that worked with Linking Handlebars, a group founded by Rye students to match unused bikes with people who want them.
Volunteers with the cycle club meet throughout the year to repair broken bicycles. They get help from Miller’s, a Mamaroneck toy and bicycle shop.
Most of the donated bicycles were smaller sizes suitable for children. But plenty of adults were waiting in line for a new set of wheels, too.
“I am very happy to get this bicycle,” said Eddie Redding, of New Rochelle, whose last bike was stolen several months ago.
Redding said that he enjoys riding his bike with friends to New York City, where he attends concerts. He has missed his regular workouts on his bicycle since he’s been without one, he added.
“It’s a great way to stay in shape,” Redding said.