Member of the Month

Bike4Kids

WCC Bikes4Kids in the News We need YOUR help to continue our good work!

By Bill OConnell on 12/13/14 updated 8/07/16

Volunteers refurbish, donate bikes to New Rochelle kids

 
We Meet Every Tuesday Evening from 6 to 8PM.
Until after New Year's we are meeting at Adriane's Home in Rye, at 169 THeo Fremd Avenue.  
We need YOUR help to continue the good work we have started.
Please email Bill O'Connell or Adriane DeFeo to let us know that you would like to join our cause.  We can use as many as 6 Volunteers EVERY week.  The work is simple and requires NO advance training.  
 
Benefits:
1) Put a smile on a child's face.
2) Enhance the public image of our club and cycling in general.
3) Learn how to work on bikes.
4) Enjoy the comeraderie of some of the most involved WCC members.
5) Did I hear Pizza? Pasta?
6) Avoid those extra hill climbing pounds you gain by sitting every night in front of the "boob tube!"
 
 The Journal News 2:51 p.m. EDT October 30, 2014

Volunteers from Hope Community Services, Linking Handlebars from Rye, Miller's Bikes in Mamaroneck, Larchmont Temple and Westchester Cycle Club's Bikes4Kids recently donated 130 bicycles to children.

635502773333800108-IPHONE-2014-10-136

ABOVE: Bridget Salice (left) and Cristiana Villani (right ), both of Rye and with Linking Handlebars, 

get a young girl rolling on her bicycle.

BELOW: Volunteers helped refurbish and distribute bicycles to New Rochelle youngsters.

Volunteers helped refurbish and distribute bicycles

Westchester Cycle Club member Bob Herman fits a youngster

WCC Vice President Bob Hermann fits a youngster for a bicycle.

(Photos by Adriane DeFeo, WCC Member)

Volunteers from Hope Community Services, Linking Handlebars from Rye, Miller's Bikes in Mamaroneck, Larchmont Temple and Westchester Cycle Club's Bikes4Kids recently donated 130 gently used, refurbished bicycles to children in the New Rochelle area.

Carol Troum, executive director of Hope Community Services, hosted and promoted the program. Linking Handlebars and Westchester Cycle Club's Bikes4Kids collected, fixed up and donated the bikes. Mechanics from Miller's Bikes helped refurbish and repair the bicycles and get them ready for distribution.

"Having the opportunity to link up with these great groups has enabled us to touch the lives of even more children," said Linking Handlebars' Vice President Cristiana Villani, a senior at Rye High School. Linking Handlebars has already donated over 220 bicycles.

"Our Bikes4Kids program gives children what they need to experience the thrill of riding a bicycle and hopefully pursue other healthy outdoor activities," said Bill O'Connell, who started the program for the Westchester Cycle Club.

Miller's Bikes contributed labor, expertise, storage and transportation.

"It's truly rewarding to spend our time helping kids experience what we all love about bicycling, and to see joy on their faces when they get their very first bike," said bike shop owner Taka Andrews.

People or bike shops who wish to contribute bikes to these programs should contact Bill O'Connell at WCCBikes4Kids@gmail.com or Cristiana Villani at linkinghandlebars@gmail.com