September 25, 2019
Contact: Fundraising Crew
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Bicycle Fleet Stolen from Bike Education Nonprofit Organization

Bicycle Fleet Stolen from Bike Education Nonprofit Organization

On the morning of Wednesday, September 25th, a fleet of bicycles belonging to Cycles of Change was stolen from Maya Lin Elementary School in Alameda, CA. Cycles of Change had stored the bicycle fleet to provide a bicycle safety program and bike rodeo for over 450 students in a rented U-Haul truck, locked and clubbed securely, parked directly in front of the school. The fleet consisted of 50 bikes and 150 helmets, as well as tools and other equipment. These bikes are used to teach public school students to bike safely to school and in their neighborhoods as part of our partnership with the City of Alameda as well as the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program. Each school year, we educate over 10,000 students in over 50 Elementary, Middle, and High schools throughout Alameda County. 

 

Our Ask

Cycles of Change is looking for support to help rebuild the fleet of bikes and equipment that were stolen. In order to avoid having to cancel programs this fall, our goal is to replace the 50 bikes that were stolen and raise $10,000. We are gratefully accepting bicycle donations at the following locations. Call Loke at 808-756-1115 for donation location details:

  •     The Oakland Bikery: 1246 23rd Ave
  •     Oakland Public Library’s Main branch: 125 14th St
  •     Maya Lin Elementary: 825 Taylor Ave, Alameda
  •     Alameda Fire Station 4:  2595 Mecartney Road
  •     Alameda Recreation and Parks Department offices: 2226 Santa Clara Ave
  •     Alameda Point Collaborative: 677 W Ranger Ave

 

Donation Guidelines:

  1. Bike should have its major parts in good or reasonably repairable working order. Flat tires are OK.
  2. Bike does not have badly rusted or immobile parts.
  3. Bike frame and fork should not be bent, and should not have more than very minor dents.
  4. Bike parts should have all pieces included and installed. Please do not donate broken or dismantled parts and/or parts with missing pieces.
  5. All bicycle sizes are acceptable, but we especially hope to replace our fleet of 24” - 26” bikes.

 

Monetary donations will also help us defray the cost of replacing helmets, bike parts and tools, and are gladly accepted. You can donate online at www.cyclesofchange.org/donate. All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Who we are

Cycles of Change is based in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland. Cycles was founded in 1998, in the basement of a public middle school where we provided an afterschool bike club, empowering young people with mechanics skills, earn-a-bike programs and bike adventures. Today, Cycles of Change is a collectively run non-profit organization that provides bike education across the East Bay. For more information, please visit us at www.cyclesofchange.org or https://www.facebook.com/CyclesofChange/ 

 

For press inquiries, please contact Loke Davis at loke@cyclesofchange.org