United Way of Pinal County’s Bike Program
By United Way of Pinal County
The United Way of Pinal County is piloting a “bike retrofit” program. The goal is to help confiscated and unused bikes get new life serving those with no transportation. It is off to a great start!
Keep on Wheelin’, launched within one of our local communities in May 2017, has placed a number of bikes to help residents keep cycling towards the future. Albert Einstein said it best “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
The bikes are donated through various organizations, or by local community members. In partnership with Frontier Ace Hardware, the program is able to acquire the supplies needed to retrofit these bikes and get them back out on the road.
In an interview with the Apache Junction City Manager Bryant Powell, he was quoted saying “Because the city does not have public transportation, bicycles tend to be the most affordable mode of transportation for our residents. Helping residents with this basic need will ensure access to employment and community services.”
One of those residents who received a bike had a job interview the next day 20 miles away. He was concerned how he was going to be able to make it to the bus stop which was 8 miles away, so he could go the remaining 12 miles to his interview. Upon giving him the bike, he thanked the UWPC and has been quoted saying “Once I no longer need this bike, I am going to give it back so it can go to the next person in need!”
Because of a lack of public transportation in some area, bicycles tend to be the most affordable mode of transportation for our residents. Helping residents with this basic need will ensure access to employment, education and community services.
For an individual to secure a free bike for personal transportation, all they need to do is register with any social service agency and fill out the application form that can be submitted to United Way. Application forms are available from the United Way’s website also.
Currently Christ the Victor Lutheran Church and St. Anthony Catholic Church have joined the United Way of Pinal County in collecting, repairing and being a source of bikes for transportation to those who need help.
DONATING A BIKE is easy.
You can donate your unused bikes by contacting one of the following and arrangements will be made to pick up your bikes.
United Way office
Christ the Victor Lutheran Church
Phone: (520) 723-4220
St. Anthony Catholic Church