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Upcoming Local Bike Drive to Have Global Impact

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By Community Editor

Oak Park, IL - How many bikes are in your garage gathering dust? Most Oak Parkers have at least one bike that has been outgrown, rusted over, or forgotten and stashed away somewhere. No need to feel guilty it was never used to tackle a 100 mile ride; now it can be used to benefit a community hundreds of miles away through the Bye Bye Bike Drive.

Greenline Wheels is partnering with Working Bikes Cooperative to host the Bye Bye Bike Drive.

When: Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Time: 9am to 6pm

Where: Greenline Wheels, 105 South Marion Street, Oak Park, IL 60302

What: Locals are invited to bring unwanted bikes and bike parts (rusty and broken bikes welcome) to Greenline Wheels. In exchange for their donation, Greenline Wheels will give them a coupon for 10% off one bike accessory and will enter them into a raffle to win a new bike or an exciting basket of bike gear and accessories.

"The goal is to take bikes that are likely headed to the landfill and redirect them to make an impact in someone else's life," explains Chidinma Anigbogu, the Greenline Wheels staff member coordinating the event. "What may be considered clutter to someone here in Oak Park could mean transportation to food, work, and water to someone in another country."

All bikes donated will be given to Working Bikes Cooperative, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that recovers landfill-bound bicycles, repairs them to working condition, and sells them at a low cost in order to fund shipments of bicycles and bike parts to developing countries. Their mission is to empower communities by engaging in activities that promote environmentalism, public heath, and human equality. Working Bikes is primarily volunteer-driven and all operations are funded through the sale of bicycles at its storefront. Working Bikes uses money from bike sales to provide bicycles to charity organizations within Chicagoland and to ship bicycles to the Gulf Coast, Cuba, Guatemala, Ecuador, and many other places of need. Last year, Working Bikes gave away over 5,500 bicycles both locally and internationally.

For more information, please contact Abigail Miller, 708-725-7170, or by email at Abigail@GreenlineWheels.com.

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