SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WFSB) – A South Windsor man started collecting and fixing used bikes and giving them away for free and now his mission continues to grow.
In August, Scott Starkweather spoke to Channel 3 about the “Recycled Rides Project” he started that summer.
It’s an idea that came to life after this avid biker one day spotted two beautiful bikes sitting on the back of a junk truck in his neighborhood.
“I was like, ‘Wow what a waste; they’ll just go to the junkyard, and they’ll be destroyed. So, I posted a message and said, if you want to get rid of the bikes, message me… I’d love to fix them. I will return them to the community.
Within a week and a half of this Facebook post, Scott had up to 100 community-donated bikes, and that number has only grown.
“When I did the ‘Bright Spot’ with Nicole there, there were up to about 200 people. Now we’re almost 1,500!”
All winter the bikes kept coming, and just a week ago Scott started giving them out again.
“I’ve had about 200-225 bikes made. It just keeps growing and growing.
And the donations seem to be meeting the demand, literally coming full circle for the project.
“I do the bikes, but it’s all basically community funded. They donate the bikes, we have an Amazon webpage for parts, they donate parts, they can donate monetary…”
Scott hopes the “Recycled Rides Project” will continue to grow enough to finally have its own space.
“Because there are a lot of high school and college students who contact me and want to volunteer. They want to help.
To donate to the cause or learn more about getting a free bike, visit www.recycledridesproject.org.
You can also find the charity’s Amazon wishlist at by clicking here.
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