The Forest Preserve District's spring "Recycle Your Bicycle" program rolls out on April 18 and ends April 30.
Bikes can be dropped off from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monee Reservoir Visitor Center
, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee.
The bicycles will be refurbished by Chicago-based Working Bikes. Once the bikes are repaired, they are donated to people who need low-cost modes of transportation in the Chicago region and abroad.
All bikes are welcome regardless of their condition. Even bikes that are impossible to repair can be used for parts. Nothing is wasted.
The Forest Preserve offers this program in the spring and fall. The number of bikes collected this past October hit a new high when 98 were donated, the most since the program’s inception six years ago. Bike donations in the past ranged from mountain bikes to street bikes in both adult and kid sizes.
Created in 1999, Working Bikes has redistributed more than 65,000 bikes worldwide. The agency’s mission is to take bicycles that would otherwise be sitting unused in garages and give them to people in Latin America and Africa who can use them to access jobs, education, medical attention and other resources.
"Countless bicycles are discarded or sit unused in garages in the United States every year. But in a developing country a bicycle can truly change the life of an individual, their family and their community,"” according to the Working Bikes website.
Working Bikes also donates bikes to individuals and partner organizations in Chicago. The donations provide transportation to people in homeless transition, refugee resettlement and youth empowerment programs.