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Bikes for Farmworkers in ‘dire’ need of more bicycles

If you have an adult-size bicycle that you are no longer using, the Bikes For Farmworkers project will happily take it off your hands.

The organization, which repairs and supplies bikes to Niagara's migrant workers for a nominal fee, is holding a bicycle dropoff this Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

Bring your old bikes to the group's shop in the former Virgil Public School, 1665 Four Mile Creek Rd. at Field Road in Virgil.

“We are now in dire need of more bikes to meet the demand from the farmworkers,” said Bikes For Farmworkers volunteer Ken Eden.

“Last year we supplied 298 refurbished bicycles and to date in 2022 we have already sold 248, which has emptied our inventory of saleable bikes,” he said in a news release.

The group has been operating since 2016 and has now put 2,185 refurbished bicycles in the hands of migrant workers and done free repairs on 1,367 others, Eden said.

Volunteers from Bikes For Farmworkers, an outreach ministry of Gateway Community Church, take donated, repairable adult bicycles and refurbish them for sale to the farmworkers.

For the majority of them, a bike is their sole means of private transportation for the up to eight months they are here, he said.