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Bikes for kids on North Side

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StuInMcCandless

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Aug 9 2012 at 2:06pm #

No guarantees, but I might make it there tonight. I was on an 8 Perrysville going up Cedar at around 7:30 last Th and saw the swarm. Impressive!


P-Rob

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Aug 10 2012 at 8:00pm #

We still have been getting a steady stream of repairs to do. It is on Thursdays, so Colin should have absolutely no excuse for not being there either..


cburch

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Aug 11 2012 at 1:05am #

This coming Thursday I’m working so I won’t be back in town until around 8pm at the earliest. But after that I’ll be around in and off on Thursday’s. Depending on wether I’m going down to snowshoe or out at north park for builder nights that is.


P-Rob

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Feb 25 2013 at 1:14pm #

We are gearing up for another collection/repair/distribution “cycle” this Spring. We have space from Allegheny Center Alliance Church again and there will be a call for bike donations going out through the congregation soon. We can use every bike in just about any condition for restoration, for parts or trade through Kraynicks.

Right now we are getting ready to fit kids (1-5th grade) with bikes through some outreach with the church. This always has a chance to be something broader in the community if there is enough support for it. Last year we did 100 bikes, and this year there is a chance to double that.

If you would like to help out please contact me: probpgh at gmail or 412 Fifth Niner Six 3566. Thanks!

Patrick


P-Rob

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Apr 8 2013 at 10:14am #

Greetings – I will be at the bike collection point at Union Place on Tuesday April 9th from 6-8 PM. I have tools but could always use a hand. No training is needed.

The shop is located beneath the back deck of Union Place, which is the only building fronting Union Avenue – 250 East Ohio Street.

The plan is to inspect the bikes we have on hand (about 9) and discern what parts are needed in order to make them safe and fun again. From what I am told we can expect more bikes soon.

My direct contact info is earlier in this thread.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 9 2013 at 3:05pm #

I plan to be there for at least part of this.

This is about where you set up to fix bikes the last time I was there, right?


P-Rob

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Apr 9 2013 at 3:49pm #

Hey Stu – this is in the basement of a building across the street from the park. The little side road is called Union Place. You would turn up toward the baseball field and AGH, away from where we worked in the park last year.

I should be there by 6 PM. If it is just me and I finish early, I could be gone by 7 though. Mostly taking things apart tonight to develop a parts list. There was another who said he might be able to bring some bikes but I have not heard back from him yet.


P-Rob

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Apr 15 2013 at 9:49am #

Thanks for the help Stu! I am also looking for help on Thursdays after 7 PM. I will be parking next to the park with tools n@ so the kids can bring out their bikes for repair. I imagine there will be a lot this Spring since I have not been there since October.

I basically need help to avoid being overwhelmed by 20-30 kids at a pop. It had become popular to come out and hang last year and I expect the same this year.


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 15 2013 at 9:59am #

Can’t guarantee I’ll be there; in fact, I’m going to say right now I probably won’t, as I plan to be back out of bed at 3:45 to ride with the CtC neutral rollout.

Yeah, Patrick is going to need a lot of help. Expect 4 or 5 kids at a time pushing a bike at you with a flat tire, a broken brake handle, frozen chain, snapped cable or pedal, etc., etc.

It really is a lot of fun, and also cool to run into kids on the street who recognize you for having helped them. Also you get to smile to yourself when you see them zipping around the city somewhere and they don’t see you.


Mick

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Apr 16 2013 at 9:36pm #

It might help to put the where, the when, and any other necessary information in the latest posts. Exact addresses are better for me than descriptions – Google maps.


P-Rob

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Aug 30 2013 at 8:11am #

It’s been awhile since I posted about this, but things have been in full swing and there are growing pains that we would welcome any help with.

First, the NSLC put in for a mini-grant to help operations that you can cast a vote in order to support: http://pncneighborhoodwishlist.com/project/8 Check it out!

Second, we have been getting a ton of support from FreeRide and Kraynick’s which is greatly appreciated.

Third, I am backed up on bike repairs and could always use a hand Tuesdays in our basement “shop” at 801 Union Avenue (Pgh, 15212). We are in the basement beneath the back deck. There are steps next to the deck leading down to the bat cave. I hope to prep enough bikes for a roll out on September 12th.

Fourth, we always roll up on Thursdays in the park across East Ohio Street outside of Allegheny Commons East (East Quad) behind 255 East Ohio Street (Pgh 15212). We set up along the driveway next to the park from 7-Darkish. You can’t miss the gaggle of kids around my car.

Fifth, since we are flooding the neighborhood with bikes (about 192 in 2 summers) there are issues arising with the desire for mountain bikes, road bikes, your bike, my bike, peggoes (pegs), and theft. Right now we focus on single speed coaster brake bikes.

I am always looking for volunteers to help organize rides in the park or fun stuff with the kids, help teach them repairs so they have more of a sense of ownership, help with roll-outs to register and photograph the kids with their bike, and even help coordinate with other potential partners. Basically, since these are kids (grades 1-5) we did not have them build their bikes and there is a lack of ownership and accountability. There are things that trouble me about this but I do not want to pull our support, just grow with the challenges.

We have also been getting help with helmets, parts and supplies funding and new volunteers. I would really like it to evolve beyond just meeting the demand for bikes and getting them out riding

If you are interested in helping out my contact info is in the beginning of this thread.


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 30 2013 at 12:55pm #

Mick, he means here, more accurately about where the U in Union is. The basement containing the bikes is in the Urban Impact Foundation building. Zoom in until you can see the name of the building on the map.

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