(Tempe, Arizona) – Getting new bikes during the holidays? Tempe’s Recycle-a-Bicycle program needs your old bikes. All used bikes are welcome, even if they are missing a pedal, have a broken chain or a flat tire.
This innovative program launched in August at Gililland Middle School has been a success in its first semester. This one-of-a-kind class teaches students how to repair bicycles. The class is made up of 15 students from 7th and 8thgrades. The class has repaired 20 bikes to date. Recycle-a-Bicycle fosters health, development, stewardship and empowerment among at-risk Tempe youth by getting ridable bicycles – donated by the community – into their hands.
The Recycle-a-Bicycle pilot program is a partnership between the City of Tempe and Tempe Elementary School District #3. Gilliland students are working with a certified teacher and the Tempe Police Department to refurbish the bikes, as well as learning how to repair, maintain and safely ride them. Tempe Recycle-a-Bicycle instills responsibility and independence, encourages health and physical fitness, promotes a sustainable mode of transportation and develops life skills.
How can you help? You can help by donating used, rideable bicycles – BMX bikes, mountain bikes, beach cruisers – bikes of all sizes and types. The program is also in need of new and used bike parts and new and used repair stands.
Tempe Fire Stations – any day, any time*
- Station 1: 1450 E. Apache Blvd.
- Station 2: 3025 S. Hardy Drive
- Station 3: 5440 S. McClintock Drive
- Station 4: 300 E. Elliot Road
- Station 5: 723 E. Curry Road
- Station 6: 655 S. Ash Avenue
*If firefighters are out on a call at the time of drop off, leave bicycle at the front door and they’ll pick it up when they get back.
For more information about the Recycle-a-Bicycle Program, please visit www.tempe.gov/recycleabicycle or call 480-350-4311.