Bike Bank Is Open For 2022

The Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) has launched a unique new service to enable everyone in Renfrew County, who needs a bike, to have one. Volunteers working with Bike Bank Renfrew County collect and recondition used bikes and get them to people in need of them.

OVCATA members are collecting bikes from the OPP, individuals, bike stores, waste sites and other sources and putting them in working order for donation to anyone who asks for one.

"Young or old, a bicyle can transform someone's life," says OVCATA co-chair Pat Krose, of Forester's Falls. "A bike can give you a sense of independence and freedom and make you stronger, healthier and happier. For the people who need and want a bike but can't afford one, we hope Bike Bank Renfrew County will fill an important need."

People who want a bike simply need to contact OVCATA, and volunteers will determine what kind and size of bike is needed and arrange for delivery. Initially, contact is being done through community agencies.

Bikes will be stored at various locations around the County. Yantha's Cycle in Pembroke came forward to offer the Bike Bank's first storage location, as well as technical support and advice, and used parts.

"To succeed, the Bike Bank Renfrew County will need lots of local support and participation," says Ms. Krose. OVCATA is asking for donations of bikes and for volunteers who can help pick up, repair, store and deliver bikes. Individuals can contribute too by making cash donations on our website. You can also volunteer to work with Bike Bank."

In Pembroke, the OPP delivered 34 unclaimed used bikes to OVCATA that had been warehoused for several years. "Some are in good shape, but most need work," says Ms. Krose. "Fortunately, we've got some good people who love  working on bikes."

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OVCATA is a voice for cyclists and all active transportation enthusiasts in the Ottawa Valley, advocating for safety and good conditions, bringing people together, and encouraging participation.

2021-2022 Directors of OVCATA
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Co-Chair Patricia Krose (Whitewater Region)
Co-Chair Ron Moss (Pembroke)
Secretary Andris Kalnins (McNab-Braeside)
Treasurer Debbie Fiebig (Renfrew)
Members Debbie Macdonald
Bob Peltzer (Bonnechere Valley)
Ish Theilheimer (Golden Lake)
Michael Shulist (Round Lake)

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