Freewheels Houston is joining Houston BCycle, BikeHouston and Rice Bikes in Keep Houston Rolling, an effort to provide reliable transportation for Houston residents who lost access to a car in the Hurricane Harvey flooding. The effort begins Saturday, Sept. 9, with a bike drive from 9 a.m. to noon at Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, 3303 Main Street in Midtown.
Here is the press release announcing the new effort:
Keep Houston Rolling to Provide Bicycles for Houstonians with Flooded Cars
During Hurricane Harvey, flooding destroyed an estimated one million vehicles across Houston, leaving many Houstonians without reliable transportation. In many cases, the owners cannot afford to purchase a new car. Houston Bike Share has partnered with BikeHouston, Freewheels Houston and Rice Bikes to launch the “Keep Houston Rolling” program. For the remainder of 2017, we will be accepting donations of new and used bikes and distributing them to community members in need. All bikes donations will be accepted, regardless of condition. Donations can be made at Houston Bike Share’s office. In addition to distributing donated bikes, personal bikes that were damaged in the floods are also eligible for repair.
With commitments from two bike-manufacturing companies, as well as an upcoming Keep Houston Rolling Bike Drive at Interfaith Ministries (3303 Main St.) on September 9th from 9am to 12pm, Houston Bike Share anticipates having several hundred bikes to distribute by mid September. “Our goal is to distribute at least 500 free bikes to Houstonians in need by the end of September and over 1,000 bikes by October 31st.” says Houston Bike Share’s Executive Director, Carter Stern. An application is available at https://houston.bcycle.com/about/keep-houston-rolling or you can apply in-person at the Houston BCycle headquarters at 407 Velasco Street, Houston, TX 77006, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Please consider donating hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes, unused helmets, bike lights or bike locks at one of our upcoming Bike Drives or to our office at 407 Velasco Street from 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday. Monetary donations are also accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/keep-houston-rolling.
About Houston Bike Share
Houston BCycle is a bike share program in Houston, Texas that is operated by Houston Bike Share; a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to implement, operate and expand a bike-sharing program, supported by the community, that offers residents, commuters and visitors a choice of ecological and economical transport, ideal for short trips and resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled, less pollution and congestion, better mobility and more personal health and wellness. For more information about Houston BCycle, visit Houston.bcycle.com or follow @HoustonBCycle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
BikeHouston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to transform our city by creating safe bikeways to improve the quality of life of all Houstonians. They do this through partnering with the City and other organizations to expand the mileage and access to high quality bike lanes and trails, to educate all road users, and to enhance enforcement of the laws that save lives. BikeHouston is the only non-profit bicycle advocacy group in Houston.
About Freewheels Houston
Freewheels Houston provides safe, reliable used bicycles to refugees who have recently resettled in Houston and need transportation to work, school and other destinations as they become integrated in the Houston community and move toward self-sufficiency. Our bicycles have been donated by generous Houstonians and repaired by volunteers. Freewheels Houston was established in 2015 by members of Christ the King Lutheran Church and our partners from Rice Bikes, BikeHouston, Bike Barn, resettlement agencies and many other people who welcome refugees to Houston.
About Rice Bikes
Rice Bikes mission is to reduce Rice University’s carbon footprint, encourage travel beyond the hedges, and foster a safe and healthy bike culture on campus and around Houston by providing access to affordable, high-quality, well-maintained bicycles for Rice undergraduates, graduate students, and exchange students. Their bike shop has built a solid reputation among the Rice University student body for friendly mechanics and great service at a low price.