Community Bicycle Program issues 100th Bicycle

Thursday, January 17, 2019
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The BRTA Community Bicycle
for all ages

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Beartooth Recreational Trails Association’s (BRTA) Community Bicycle Program has been operating for two years. The program provides free, refurbished bicycles to Red Lodge area individuals and families in support of BRTA’s mission of human powered transportation and the Red Lodge Active Transportation Plan that seeks to develop a health, active lifestyle. During the Christmas season, BRTA issued its 100th bike to a community member.

For many, this program is filling a basic need in the community for easy and affordable transportation. And with each bike issued, there has been a heartwarming story.

One young boy called to get a helmet, courtesy of the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation’s Trauma Services. Once he received his helmet, he asked about all the bicycles in the shed. His eyes lit up when he realized that he could have his own bicycle instead of just riding his sister’s. The boy, mother and sister were thrilled with this arrangement. Off into the sunset rode the boy with his new-to-him prized bicycle!

These bicycles are being used in a variety of ways. Many of the adults use them for transportation to work, others for recreational riding or for exercise. The seasonal temporary employees in our community who do not have a car and work two or three jobs need them to get quickly from one job to another. Fifty-one of these bicycles have been provided to youth or kids to ride to school or around town with friends. 

Bicycles come to the program as donations. Their first stop is the Spoke Wrench in Red Lodge, where Andy Baranovic gives each bicycle a tune-up or overhaul to assure that it will operate safely and reliably. Jennifer Drinkwalter, a recent graduate of the United Bicycle Institute, assists Andy to get these bicycles roadworthy. Free helmets are also provided courtesy of the Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation’s Trauma Services.

Funding for the program is through the annual BRTA budget and from community grants and private donations. To donate funds for this program contact Bill Foisy (406) 425-0550. For bicycle donations or to receive a free bicycle contact Les Hedquist (406) 425-3804. 

11 West 8th Street / P.O. Box 585 / Red Lodge, Montana 59068 / (406) 446-1370 


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