Support Relief Efforts in New York

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is reaching out to Portlanders who are watching events unfold on the East Coast and wondering what is the best way to help.


Recycle-A-Bicycle volunteer

Our friends and partners in New York, particularly, are working hard to recover and deliver relief. One New York community bike shop, Recycle-A-Bicycle is working hard despite losing inventory in a flooded warehouse and shivering in unheated shops.

The relief efforts they are working on include providing bikes, baskets, and trailers to local organizations supplying the affected areas with food, water, and supplies. They are also looking to raise enough funds to increase their staff to meet the needs to provide mobile bike repair in the affected areas and build more bikes to support the effort.

A mere $2,500 will help build their staff capacity.

Outreach would be geared toward low-income residents of Red Hook, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, two of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the hurricane, both of which are located in close proximity to their storefronts.

Please consider making a gift to Recycle-A-Bicycle today to help their relief efforts.
Donate here.

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  1. Rob Sadowsky Permalink  | Nov 07, 2012 02:35pm

    An update from Recycle-A-Bike:

    Thank you so much to everyone from near and far who is helping to support efforts in the clean up and recovery of Hurricane Sandy. Our own warehouse and job training center received 3 feet of water in the storm surge that came with the hurricane and caused an electrical fire in the building. Though we still have no heat at any of our locations, we are keeping our fingers warm by fixing up bikes for our partners and friends helping with hurricane relief. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening:

    On +Tuesday, November 6th Recycle-A-Bicycle donated and delivered eight Dutch bikes, helmets and bike locks to the Red Hook Initiative for them to use in the Hurricane Sandy Recovery efforts. The bikes will be used in transporting food, water, supplies and information to neighborhood residents. Red Hook is still without power and heat and cell phones are not working in the area and bike messengers delivering information is the primary way residents are getting news about warming centers, hot meals, legal aid, and polling site changes. We tried to take some photos, but it was very dark outside (no lights).

    This Saturday we will be setting up a mobile bike repair station in Red Hook, Brooklyn. As bikes have become an important means of transport in the neighborhood in the last week, many bikes are also in need of minor repairs. For anyone that wants to join us or help volunteer in other ways this Saturday we will be in the neighborhood from 11am – 3pm. The location is TBD, you can check our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recycle-A-Bicycle/62453932286?fref=ts) or Twitter page (@RAB_NYC) for the latest on our whereabouts.

    We have also donated bike baskets and bike racks to our friends at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) to aid in the distribution of food and supplies to residents in the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

    Please feel free to shoot us a note at pasqualina@recycleabicycle.org or helen@recycleabicycle.org.


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