Running a bike collection drive for the Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange is a fun and rewarding community service project for your school, company, civic or faith organization. Bike drives encourage people to donate bikes that no longer are being used so they can be reconditioned and put to good use.
Bike Drives create positive awareness for your organization, support recycling and environmental causes, and free up space in your garage and storage areas.
Obtain approval from your organization's leader.
Designate a Bike Drive Coordinator.
Contact the Bike Exchange at info@BikeExchangeNJ.org to schedule your bike drive and bike pick up.
Publicize the event to your target donors.
Secure volunteers to help out on the day of your Bike Drive.
When should we hold a bike drive?
This depends on your organization and target donors. For some groups, a single or half-day weekend event works well. For others, a week- long bike drive is more effective.
Where is the best location for a bike drive?
The best site for a bike drive is centrally-located, easily-identifiable, and convenient for both donors and volunteers. While empty lots can work well, a nearby building is advisable (for bathroom facilities or in case of bad weather). A covered walkway also works well in the event of rain. A bike drive runs rain or shine!
How do we get the word out?
Create a poster to promote your bike drive. The number of bicycles you collect depends a lot on your publicity efforts. A Bike Drive Coordinator will strategize with you and your volunteers to determine the best approach. A Bike Exchange volunteer is always available to help you create a press release to promote your bike drive. You also can contact your local press and distribute flyers.
What do I need to run a bike drive?
You will need flyers to promote the event, a volunteer sign-in sheet, and donation forms (available from the Bike Exchange). You also will need tables, chairs, signs, and an adequate number of volunteers. If outdoors, you should have a tarp in case of bad weather. Be sure to arrive at your site at least an hour before the collection start time to post signs, set up the table, and to organize the volunteers.
How do the bicycle donations get to the Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange?
Bike Exchange volunteers will pick up your donated bicycles on the day of your bike drive and transport them to the bike shop. This is arranged ahead of time.