Cleveland Refugee Bike Project surpasses goal, aims higher: please help us double our impact!
Last Thursday's event at Platform Beer Company raised more than 1/4 of the money then needed to reach our initial goal of $7,863 to provide 50 refugees in Cleveland with bikes and safe cycling training. That was before a matching donation of $5000 from the Cleveland Climate Action Fund was awarded, so now we are aiming to raise an additional $769 to reach the maximum capacity of 100 refugees that this pilot project can accommodate.
If donations surpass this now very attainable goal, we will plan to apply any surplus towards additional equipment -- beyond the already included helmets, locks, and lights -- to make these bikes even more useful for the refugees who receive them. Racks, fenders, and basic tools like pumps, tire levers, and wrenches; and needed supplies like a bottle of chain oil and a spare tube, will help ensure they can readily use the training this project provides to bike wherever they need to go confidently, safely, and with dignity.
Update: by the morning of 11/16 when Tim and I (Jim) appeared on WCPN's Sound of Ideas show, we had met our "stretch" goal of $13,013. Now all of the donations received will go to "upgrade" the bikes with the accessories mentioned above. With our standard partner group discount that would total $7700 for 100 bikes. This does not include labor for installation, or additional How to Fix a Flat training, which is not part of the Traffic Skills Intro curriculum.
Please help this important project exceed all our expectations by donating athttps://www.ioby.org/project/
-- and please share this project with your friends and colleagues.
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