I knew when I arrived here, my first order of business was to find a mode of transportation. The subway system is incredible here and I use it often, but I thought a bike might be good exercise, eco-friendly, and a way to see the city.
My boyfriend spent some time here last year and purchased a bike from craigslist. He suggested I look into craigslist to find a used bike. Easiest thing I could have done. Within an hour, I was on my way to pick it up.
When I arrived, I first looked at Little Blue thinking, “is this going to crumble the first ride I take?” She was old and worn. The women assured me that this bike had just been tuned up- by a kid!
Recycle-A-Bicycle is a program that helps youth learn real-life job skills while educating them on environmental importance. The program not only recycles discarded and donated bicycles, but turns them in into usable modes of transportation. The program helps at-risk youth learn a skill and appreciate sustainability and gives them a bicycle for themselves at the end.
What a beautiful and awesome program!
She squeaks and her gears can get a bit sticky, but otherwise I have fallen in love with this bike.
Biking in NYC can be intense. Pedestrians boldly jaywalk into the street and delivery trucks use bike lanes as personal parking spots- it sometimes doesn’t seem to be the most bike-friendly city. But! In NYC is working hard to make bike culture here a real thing. In 2009, the city laid out the accelerated goal of doubling bicycle commuting between 2007 and 2012 and tripling it by 2017. It reached the goal of doubling bicycle commuting in 2011, a year early.
Biking is the most beautiful way to see the city. Thanks to all the bike lanes it really is the easiest way to get around. There are still moments each ride that old blue gets a bit shakey while I’m cruising down the bridge or that cab driver who gets a bit close for comfort. But all said and done, I really appreciate bike culture and its promotion of clean air, eco-loving, and healthy living.
. Mackenzie Bulych .
“Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living. Through retail storefronts, social entrepreneurship, and innovative programs, Recycle-A-Bicycle empowers the youth of New York City and beyond.”