Bicycle roundup about to begin

Good Neighbour Tauranga is running another second-hand bike drive this year following the success of its first one two years ago.

The last bike drive saw more than 200 bikes donated and re-distributed out to children and families in need.

This year’s drive will run from October 19 until November 15. Any good condition children’s bikes ranging from 12”-26” can be delivered to My Ride bike store at 37 Totara Street in Mt Maunganui.

Staff there will make sure the bikes are in good working order before being delivered to deserving families, in time for Christmas.

“We’d like to thank John, Leonie and their team at My Ride Mt Maunganui for their commitment to run the initiative again,” Good Neighbour spokeswoman, Kelly Mouat says.

“Bikes are an expensive item for families but also a very useful item. They enable kids to bike to school, keep fit, enjoy our local cycle ways and connect with friends in their neighbourhoods.”

Kelly says household budgets don't stretch far enough for families to buy new bikes, so donations of bikes that are in good working order, are needed.

Owner of My Ride Mt Maunganui Leonie Bettridge says the business is “really stoked” to be involved in the bike drive again because it was such a success the first time around.

“We get lots of people in the shop – they buy a new bike… and say: ‘what do we do with the old one?’

“It’s great that bikes can be re-homed like this,” Leonie says. “Good Neighbour do such a fantastic job in our community.”

Good Neighbour is also aiming to help keep kids safe by giving a new helmet away to the recipient of each bike.

“We’re able to buy them for $25 each,” says Kelly, “so we’d greatly appreciate help from anyone who could sponsor a helmet or two.”

If you would like to help with sponsoring a helmet, email Kelly at: bikedrive@goodneighbour.co.nz

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