New Standard Cycles
The Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s New Standard Cycles program serves people who need safe, affordable and reliable transportation to get to work, to school and to other important destinations. Through this program we accept donated bicycles (and parts) and recondition them. New Standard Cycles is not a bike co-op or repair shop. We do offer bicycle repair services to underserved populations throughout the community, but do not offer walk up services at our Lincoln Street location. We have used Bike Athens’ Bicycle Recycling Program as a model for New Standard Cycles.
We rely on partnerships with nonprofit, workforce development and other organizations to identify deserving individuals who should receive bikes, then configure the bicycles based on their needs. We do not give bikes directly to individuals. A numbered decal is affixed to each bike, so that bikes can be identified if recipients need repairs or adjustments. Each bicycle recipient also receives a light set, lock, helmet and safe cycling education.
We were able to launch this program thanks to generous contributions and support from the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club, the family of the late Bill Brown, and Savannah Bicycle Campaign members. We also receive support from Quality Bike Shop, Perry Rubber Bike Shop, Trident Sustainability Group and Green Badger.
For more information, email Program Manager Henry Rocha at firstname.lastname@example.org
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kinds of donations do you accept?
Bicycles, obviously. We also accept bike parts, lights, locks, accessories in good condition. We will accept helmets, but only if they are brand new or very slightly used. For a complete list of items we will and will not accept, please visit our donation information page.
Please note, we accept donations on Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2-4:30 p.m. at 1301 Lincoln St. Donations outside of these times must be scheduled in advance with the program manager. Unattended drop off of bicycles and parts can create significant problems for our program because it forces us to arrange for environmentally responsible disposal or recycling of items that we cannot use, which costs both time and money.
Do you need help reconditioning the bicycles?
Definitely. We especially appreciate help from professional or experienced amateur mechanics. However, all levels of mechanical ability are welcome. We have a fully-outfitted shop and invite volunteers to learn by doing, under the guidance of experienced mechanics. Skills learned by volunteering at New Standard Cycles will be useful to people who would like to repair and maintain bicycles for themselves, friends and family.
New Standard Cycles volunteer sessions happen Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2-4:30 p.m. If you have a large group that would like to volunteer, arranging alternate dates and times is possible. To volunteer, email email@example.com.
How can my organization partner with NSC to make bikes available to our clients?
Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Refugee program and Blessings in a Bookbag are our first partners, but we are eager to talk with other nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Contact the program manager to discuss.
What else goes on at New Standard Cycles?
In addition to our main mission, we offer a number of other programs, events and services at New Standard Cycles, including:
This monthly educational program is designed to teach basic repair, adjustment and maintenance tips in a fun, friendly environment. Participants will learn how to keep their bikes safe and functional, and to recognize when their bicycles may need attention from a professional mechanic at a local bike shop. Bikes 101 is free and open to the public. More information on program dates and topics is available here.
Holiday Bikes Drive
Do you have children’s bikes sitting around collecting dust? SBC can help them find a loving home.
Through our Holiday Bikes drive, we will refurbish children’s bikes and through our partner Blessings in a Bookbag, donate them to families that cannot afford bikes on their own. Help make someone’s holidays even happier! If you are interested donating a bike, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a drop-off.
Why is it called New Standard Cycles?
Our location at 1301 Lincoln St. was originally the site of a Standard Oil Gas station and later an auto repair shop. Through our programing, we hope to provide a new standard in dependable transportation to economically empower working people in Savannah. Owning and maintaining takes a major bite out of household budgets and especially from those that are struggling to make ends meet. We hope the bikes will serve as vehicles that help people achieve financial stability and independence, while increasing their mobility.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]