A reader reminded me of a program that’s been around a while that perhaps was not on everyone’s radar: Decatur Active Living’s bike donation program. Director Greg White was good enough to recap the history and ins and outs of the program.
The bike donation was started when we started the Safe Routes to School program in 2007 so that we would have enough bikes for training students how to ride safely. We started with a bike donation from the police department with about 20 bikes.
Over the past years parents and individuals from the community have given us bikes. The Fraternal Order of Police has given us new bikes and Sopo Bikes has provided donations. We currently have a fleet in the neighborhood of over 30 bikes. The Police Department has identified all of the bikes in case they are lost or stolen to assist with recovery. Decatur Active Living would like 20” bikes that are used during the training of all the fourth graders at the 4/5 Academy at 5thAvenue. Bikes that need repairing are repaired by Bicycle South who does our annual maintenance prior to delivering the bikes to the school.
The fleet of bikes are delivered by Decatur Active Living staff and during the training the City of Decatur School system allow us to store the bikes on the school grounds. To donate a bike please contact Gregory White ([email protected]) or Cheryl Burnette ([email protected]
). Phone: 404-377-0494.