Pedals For Progress Will Collect Bicycles In Cranford

CRANFORD—Pedals for Progress, in its continuing effort to recycle bicycles properly, will stage a used bicycle collection on Saturday, May 12, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Orange Avenue Pool, 1025 Orange Avenue in Cranford. The collection is being sponsored by the Cranford Rotary Club.

Adult and children’s bicycles in repairable condition are wanted. Flat tires are okay. Children’s tricycles, bicycle parts and disassembled bicycles will not be accepted.

Pedals for Progress collects 5,000 to 7,000 bicycles annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 133,500 have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. In these countries bicycles are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. The bicycles provide them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting goods to market, or accessing health care and other services. Rather than ending up in landfills, the recycled bicycles are put to good use.

It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. Therefore, a donation toward shipping costs is necessary. The suggested minimum donation is $10 per bicycle. All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible, and a receipt will be available at the collection site.

Pedals for Progress also accepts wrenches and working portable sewing machines. Pedals for Progress is a 501 (c) (3) corporation and a registered charity in New Jersey. For more information about Pedals for Progress, visit them on the web at

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