Two-wheeled fun for everyonePartnership between 360 Communities and Glendalough neighborhood wants to provide bikes for people who need them
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
Over the past several years the city of Rosemount has worked to become a more bike friendly city. To make sure everyone has the ability to enjoy those changes, some members of the community have put together a bicycle drive.
The Evermoor Glendalough neighborhood has partnered with 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center to collect and distribute bikes to people in Rosemount. They are asking residents to donate their gently used bikes.
“We are targeting the whole community,” said organizer Stacey Troshinsky. “We want people to be able to take advantage of our bicycle-friendly community.”
Troshinsky and Angela Miller, both from the Glendalough neighborhood, have organized the bike drive.
The family resource center will match the bikes that come in with people in need. So far more than 20 bikes have been donated and organizers hope more people will come forward. They will accept bicycles for people of all ages. Organizers ask people to email details about their donations by April 21 so they can accurately match the bicycles with people in need. Information needed includes size of the bicycle, color and if it’s gender specific. Details should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are really trying to reach a need and we want an accurate count when we hand them out. We want to make sure we have something appropriate for the people we are giving them to,” said Troshinsky.
360 Communities volunteer coordinator Shira Rabinowicz said the drive will promote health in the community while also providing adults and teens a means of transportation.
“I think this will be a great new event,” said Rabinowicz.
Donations will be dropped off from 8 to 11 a.m. April 28 at the Rosemount Family Resource Center, 14521 Cimarron Ave. To make other drop off arrangements call 651-322-5113. Later in the day, center staff will hand out the bicycles to the recipients. Rosemount Police officer Beth Richtsmeier will provide a bicycle safety class.
While they don’t know what to expect, Troshinsky said they hope to reach a need and help people in the community through the drive. Going forward, Troshinsky said she hopes it will become an annual event.