Where used bikes be­come use­ful trans­porta­tion

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What i s your a ge ncy’s focus for 2017?

We con­tinue to ex­pand our reach to the com­mu­nity through work with the women’s reen­try pro­gram, among oth­ers, and al­ways pro­vide bikes to the dis­ad­van­taged in ex­change for vol­un­teer work in our shop. Our new Mo­bile Bike Unit is al­most com­pleted and will start to visit the schools in our area very soon. The an­nual Christ­mas party will hap­pen as usual with our hopes of pro­vid­ing 1,400 bikes or more for the kids. We are hav­ing a 10th an­niver­sary din­ner party at the Sail­fish Club in Palm Beach on Dec. 16, and we are plan­ning a golf tour­na­ment in early 2018. How can the com­mu­nity help?

The com­mu­nity’s need for bi­cy­cles is never-end­ing, as is the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s need for fund­ing, vol­un­teers and used bikes that tech­ni­cians can over­haul. The pop­u­lar­ity of the or­ga­ni­za­tion has grown, and with it, the costs. Jack the Bike Man drives all over the county col­lect­ing bikes or do­na­tions of parts. We could use your help: Con­tri­bu­tions of money, time, and bikes are needed to keep Jack the Bike Man rolling.

CONTRIBUTED PHO­TOS

Trained tech­ni­cians re­pair used bikes do­nated to Jack the Bike Man in West Palm Beach. The not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ware­house con­tains thou­sands of bi­cy­cle parts and more than a dozen re­pair sta­tions in or­der to pro­vide free bikes to the com­mu­nity.

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