From the whoosh of the wind while coasting on a descent to the unmistakable sound of a grinding gear, cyclists tend to be tuned in to the music of the road. But for riders with low vision or blindness, what they hear isn’t just background noise – it’s a critical source of information about the conditions of their environment and the state of their bike.
One of the best parts of volunteering: everyone walks away with something meaningful. Each Friday in June, Recycle-A-Bicycle's Long Island City location opens its doors to corporate volunteer groups, inviting them to lend a hand in the bike shop. While these teams help Recycle-A-Bicycle and Bike New York assemble a full stock of swap-ready bicycles for monthly Bike Bonanza events, they're also gaining the fundamentals of bike repair – and with that little bit of knowledge, they’re empowered to give kids the joy and freedom of their very own bike.
Hope everyone’s 2017 is off to a roaring start! Bike New York volunteer Joanna Giordano’s certainly is, largely because of how well her year began last year. As a New Year’s resolution, despite not owning a bike, she set the admirable goal of becoming a bike commuter.