Bicycles Donated to Families in Village of Chauncey
Local bicycle club partners with other organizations in Athens County to create the “Re-Cycle” bicycle donation program, providing the first round of free bikes to families in Chauncey on Saturday March 6, 2021.
On Saturday March 6th, 2021, the Athens Bicycle Club delivered free bikes to families in the Village of Chauncey. It was great to see the excitement on faces as Chauncey residents checked out their new (to them) bikes and rode around the parking lot at the Chauncey Senior Center.The new “Re-Cycle” program is a collaboration between a number of local partners. The Athens Bicycle Club received an initial donation of 13 bicycles from the Athens City Police Department, and club members donated three more. The Athens City-County Health Department provided free helmets that were offered to each bike recipient. The bike club also received a generous donation from a club member that enabled us to work with Cycle Path Bicycles, a long-standing local bike shop, to repair the bikes and get them ready for their new owners in Chauncey. The club then coordinated with Chauncey Mayor Amy Renner-Hudson to find suitable homes for the bikes.With the Baileys Trail System attracting mountain bikers from all over Ohio and the wider region to the main trailhead in Chauncey, the Re-Cycle program will help local residents to enjoy this world-class trail system, as well as healthy recreation and active transportation around the Village. Over the next year, the State will construct a bridge and extend the Hockhocking-Adena Bikeway, connecting through the south side of the Village directly to the Chauncey Park and the Baileys System Trailhead. These new connections will safely connect Chauncey bicyclists to The Plains, Nelsonville, and Athens, as well as possibly bring bikeway tourists to cycle-friendly businesses in Chauncey.The Athens Bicycle Club aims to continue and broaden the program to support other Athens County communities, and is welcoming additional bike donations — especially kids’ bikes– as well as monetary donations to assist with repairs to donated bikes (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Partnering organizations include Athens City Police Department, Athens City-County Health Department, Cycle Path Bicycles, and the Village of Chauncey, Ohio.