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For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 12, 2023

Bicycles that are no longer being used by some can make a big difference for others. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s annual Bicycle Donation Drive on Friday, Oct. 20, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. will make it easy to donate previously owned bikes and ensure they will have a continued impact. Bikes will be collected, rain or shine, outside of the Montgomery County Council Office Building Garage at East Jefferson and Monroe Street in Rockville.

“Bikes can be the important last leg to get to and from public transportation,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Donating an unused bike can improve the quality of life of someone in our local community. Bicycles are great exercise, a climate friendly mode of transportation and can ease access to transportation options.”

Bicycles should be in good working condition or in need of only minor repairs. Rockville Bike Hub volunteers will refurbish the bikes and MCDOT will place them with children and adults in the County through the MCDOT Bike Match Program or through the Rockville Terrific Kids program. 

“Since the program began in June 2020, our Bike Match program has received about 850 bike requests, and we have placed over 600 donated bikes,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “However, that still leaves a need for over 200 bikes. We are hoping to be able to collect enough bikes to fulfill all of these requests.”

The bike donation event also will be accepting donations by check. Checks can be made out to the Rockville Bike Hub and left with staff at the donation site. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Community members can organize a bike collection at their school, place of worship or within their neighborhood and bring the bikes to Rockville on Oct. 20.

Visit 2023 Bike Drive for more information about the bike donation event.

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Release ID: 23-449
Media Contact: Mark Roper 240-962-1743
Categories: Transportation