Buy a Bike, Help Community Programs

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‘City Bikes Bikes’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’

In the market for a bike?  Here’s a way to get a bike and feel like you’re helping your community all at once: head to the Used Bike Sale at Big Bear Cafe on Saturday 12/12 from 10 to 2.  There will be plenty of quality reconditioned bikes to choose from, including hybrids, road bikes, and mountain bikes.

Best of all, proceeds from the event go to benefit such great community programs as Phoenix Bikes, Mount Rainier Bike Coop, and Renaissance Youth Bike Shop.  These programs engage youth through reconditioning bikes and running bike shops, while teaching kids valuable lessons about environmental sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and community service. This is a great way to get a bike for commuting, or for running errands around the city (I’m looking forward to checking out their selection so I can finally stop riding my triathlon/road bike to the grocery store and worrying about it every second while I’m shopping), without breaking the bank.  And your money will be going to three very worthwhile causes, so take some time on Saturday to check it out!

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at)!

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