BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – The BF Community Bike Project, located at 30 Henry St. in Bellows Falls, recently celebrated its five-year anniversary with an open house. The festivities began with a 1 p.m. bike ride around town proceeded by an afternoon gathering at the bike shop for fun, food, and giveaways.
Launched in 2012, the BF Community Bike Project is a nonprofit community bike center founded by Executive Director Bonnie Anderson. “The BF Community Bike project would like to thank everyone who came to our five-year anniversary celebration on September 28,” Anderson said the day of the event. “We had 32 people riding bikes around the village, ranging from toddlers to age 87! After the ride, more people joined in the fun at the bike shop, enjoying free bike-powered smoothies and other goodies, bike tire ring-toss, hoola hoops and prizes.”
The mission of the program is to provide local community access to reclaim bikes and bike repair skills, as well as encouraging safe biking as means of an affordable, environmentally sound transportation, self-sufficiency and overall health and wellness. All donated bikes are cleaned, tuned-up, and restored, and then sold at a low cost, with hundreds of bikes being put back into the community.
The organization also offers programs for local school groups and adults, such as workshops in bike repair and maintenance. Many students and youth groups have utilized the bike shop, learning a variety of skills such as tune-ups, fixing flat tires, and even complete bike overhauls. They also offer “open shop” sessions where interested parties can bring their bikes into the shop to be worked on. Repairs are also offered at very reasonable rates, and volunteer hours at the shop may also be applied to help offset costs.
The BF Community Bike project shop hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m., Thursday noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 802-460-0662 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.