Transportation Rolling Onward

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The finished bike room is just outside my office. When people come in who need a bike, Pete takes them to look over our inventory to see if there’s something that will meet their needs.

Last week I overheard a woman who was looking at the bikes with Pete. In order to start narrowing down the possibilities, he asked what she was planning to use the bike for.

She said she needed it to go to work sometimes. It’s a little bit of a distance.

Pete showed her one bike that he thought would be good. It was a solid bike for riding with multiple gears to help you get where you’re going on a regular basis, not just a short cruise to the store.

I wasn’t paying close attention, but the next thing I was aware of Pete saying was, “Oh! You’re taking this home today! We’re going over to the studio and we’ll fill out paperwork right now.”

She clearly was expecting a wait list or an extended intake process. She was shocked.

“You’re kidding…You’re kidding. I’m going to cry. Oh my goodness.”

Not long after, she was riding away on her new transportation.

Pete is determined to give out 100 bikes in six months, and he’s on track to do it. He’s given out nearly 90 bikes at this point.

He’s given away so many bikes that he could use more:

  • 24″ or 26″ Men’s-style mountain bikes (we’re well stocked on all other styles of bikes, especially children’s bikes).
  • New 24″ or 26″ tires and tubes, the items needing replacement most often.
  • Donations to the bike shop that will allow Pete to purchase new tires, tubes, parts, and tools that he needs.

Notes from 40 Years at Patchwork:

Patchwork’s after school children’s program began in 1981, not long after the group moved into The Meetinghouse at 100 Washington Ave. From the December 1981 newsletter:

“Clowns yelling ‘A Rerun,’ disco dancers singing ‘Double Dutch Bus’ and artists coloring their own tie-dyed tee shirts! These are some of the images from the After School Children’s Program which has as its staff Ruth Doyle, John Banks, Peter and Becky Rogers-Bechtel, Vicki Coleman and several volunteers. Besides having fun with games, arts, crafts, songs and drama, children are learning to do their homework regularly with the help of tutors, to set up activities and put up supplies, to make their own snacks and to settle arguments without violence. “

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