NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence will be collecting second-hand bikes for use by adults and children in Third World countries from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 22.
The collection is being conducted on behalf of Pedals For Progress, an organization which annually recycles 6,000 bicycles for persons in developing countries. Bikes may be dropped off at the parking lot next to the church at 524 South St. in New Providence.
Every year Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more in basements, sheds and garages. Most of these end up in landfills.
During the past twenty-five years, Pedals For Progress has collected 160,000 bicycles and shipped them to people in need in developing countries in Latin America, Africa and the Pacific Islands. In these countries, the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. The bikes provide the adults with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market and accessing healthcare and other services.
Since 2002, Faith Lutheran has been collecting bikes for Pedals For Progress. Conducting the ministry this year are Casey Walsh and Steve MacPherson.