One of the best things about working in the bicycle business is that we spend a lot of time working with companies that actually care about their communities. I don’t know if it’s industry-specific, but I like to think that for the most part, cyclists appreciate the value of lending a helping hand.
Diamondback gives back
Last week, an Orange County teenager named Codey Durham had all three of his Diamondback BMX bikes stolen. Now, bikes get stolen all the time, but Codey’s story is a little different.
Codey was paralyzed at an early age by a cyst in his spine. He has undergone many back surgeries and still wears leg braces and suffers from scoliosis. Told he’d never walk, Codey worked hard to beat the odds and has found freedom while riding his bikes.
Lucky for Codey, the good folks at Diamondback caught wind of his story and decided to make things right. They have already given him one new bike and have agreed to replace the other two as well. Just when it seems like it’s hard to find good news in this world, Diamondback comes along and does the right thing – just because.
Raleigh steps up
The good people from Raleigh are no slouches in the community-involvement arena either. This week they announced that they have signed on to be the Official Bicycle Partner for Bike MS on a national level. Bike MS is the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation, and it’s for a great cause.
Recycled Cycles has provided mechanical support to more than 2000 riders for the Bike MS ride that starts in Mt. Vernon for the past few years. It’s a 2-day ride with distances ranging from 22 to 92 miles, all in beautiful Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. It’s an event we love to support and look forward to each year. If you sign up for 2012, stop by and say hi – even if you don’t need help with a repair!
Kona goes global
Since its inception in 2006, the Kona AfricaBike program has distributed more than 4,000 bicycles to healthcare workers, schools, and humanitarian agencies throughout Africa. Designed to be durable and low-maintenance, the bicycles are a lifeline for many in sub-Saharan Africa, where the great distances to sources of water, healthcare, and education are often prohibitive.
It’s a cause that resonates even more for Recycled Cycles’ Steve Donahue since taking a trip to South Africa with his family this spring.
Right now Kona is working with A Better World Canada to design a kid-specific bike for children in rural Kenya who commute up to 14k one way to school. They’ll be giving more than 500 bikes to the primary school early next year. To get involved, look up Kona’s Basic Needs.