Bike Program Thriving with Record 53 Repairs in September

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Homeless Gear’s Bike Program Records Record 53 Repairs in September—Volunteer-Run Program Provides Transportation Lifeline to Guests of the Murphy Center

Fort Collins, Colorado, October 5, 2016

Homeless Gear’s bike-repair program, launched at the start of the year by a long-time volunteer and organized around a weekly-repair clinic at the Murphy Center, has thrived in its first nine months, recording 182 repairs and a record 53 repairs in September.

Mark Brewer, a Homeless Gear volunteer, started the program in January after he noticed that many Murphy Center guests—and many people experiencing homelessness, more generally—rely on often-unreliable bicycles for transportation. Those guests, he observed, struggled to make it to doctors’ appointments, job interviews and elsewhere due to tire blowouts, faulty chains and other fixable bike problems.

The program was featured in the Colorado this week: http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2016/10/04/bike-repair-program-gives-wheels-foco-homeless/91486880/

Since Mark launched the program at the start of the year, several volunteers have joined the bike-mechanic team. Bike Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Bike Coop, Recycled Cycles and others have contributed to the program via donations of cash or bike parts.

ABOUT THE BIKE PROGRAM

Homeless Gear’s Bike program hosts a free bike-repair clinic every Friday, 3 PM to 5 PM, at the Murphy Center (242 Conifer Street in Fort Collins). The service is available to any registered guests of the Murphy Center. The bike-repair team also hosts repair clinics at off-site locations; the team expects to expand its outreach in 2016 and 2017.

For more information or to get involved, visit www.HomelessGear.org/Bike.