Eleven-year-old De’Ronn Marbury sat on his new, slightly-used mountain bike and regarded it over with a smile and a glint in his eye. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition gave him the Giant model bike during their “Bike Match” giveaway event in Hollywood on Friday, Aug. 5. “I’m happy I got it (bike) for free, and it’s sweet, this is my ride,” Marbury stated with a smile. “I’m excited to ride it to school and other places.”
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is a membership-based nonprofit group whose mission is to make all communities in L.A. County wholesome, protected, and enjoyable locations to journey a motorcycle by means of advocacy, schooling and outreach.
People lined up outdoors The Center in Hollywood, a homeless providers nonprofit, to get a motorcycle. About 100 bikes had been prepared for brand spanking new riders to journey. The Bike Match program was developed during the pandemic to get donated bikes into the palms of those that want them, in response to Executive Director Eli Akira Kaufman. “The design of the program is to get bicycles into the hands of essential workers and people in need, such as the under-housed. To help people kinda unload those bikes they weren’t using, that were stuck in closets or garages and match them up with people in need.”
The bicycles being given away on Friday had been donated by Wheels to Africa, a bunch that collects bikes within the United States after which ships them to nations in Africa. Wheels to Africa couldn’t ship the bikes to Africa because of the present excessive value of gasoline and delivery. Each bike was checked out by an LACBC bike mechanic to verify it was road-worthy earlier than it was given to a rider.
People had been additionally given bike security classes, helmets and bike locks.
Joshua Gregorio, 13, from Reseda, had his bike stolen, and was comfortable about his new journey. “I’m happy I got a bike; I feel really good.” When requested if he would journey his bike to highschool, he was uncertain. He could not need to take his eyes off his new two-wheeled treasure, not less than not for some time.