Wondering what to do with those used bicycles that are taking up space in your garage or basement? The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority would like to take them off your hands and put them to good use.
The MCMUA, in conjunction with Pedals for Progress, will collect used bicycles in reasonably good condition on Saturday, June 14 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the County College of Morris, Parking Lot #1, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.
Pedals for Progress collects thousands of bicycles annually and sends them to needy people in developing countries. There, the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults, providing them with reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting produce to market, or accessing health care and other services.
A $10.00 fee per bicycle will be required June 14 to help defray the more than $30.00 in costs for shipping, reconditioning and distributing each bike.
Bikes with bent or very rusty frames, disassembled bikes, bike parts and tricycles will not be accepted. Bike helmets will be collected free of charge as will small hand tools such as wrenches for the overseas shops.
Working sewing machines, both electric and non-electric, will also be collected. There is a $10.00 fee for the sewing machines to help defray the cost of shipping them to qualified nonprofit partners to set up small cooperative clothing businesses around the world.
All cash and material donations are tax deductible, and a receipt will be available at the collection site.
For more information or directions, please call the MCMUA at (973) 285-8393, or visit the MUA Web site, www.mcmua.com.
Additional information about Pedals for Progress and its various overseas projects is available on its website, www.p4p.org.