The annual Pedals for Progress event to donate your old bicycle and/or sewing machine is here! This annual event not only allows you to give back to a charitable cause, but it also makes for a great reminder of the reuse and donation options in Chittenden County that are offered here all year round.
1. Pedals for Progress
The Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will be conducting their annual bike & sewing machine collection on Saturday, September 29th from 9am–12pm at 345 Pine Street in Burlington.
Volunteers are collecting unwanted bicycles and/or sewing machines in reasonable condition to ship to community partners in developing countries. A $10 donation is requested with each donated item to defray shipping costs.
Pedals for Progress is a non-profit organization started by a returned Peace Corps volunteer in 1991. Since then, Pedals for Progress has collected and shipped over 145,000 bikes and 3,000 sewing machines. Locally in Vermont, they have collected over 3,000 bikes and 200 sewing machines.
For more information, contact Bob Thompson at (802) 881-6629 or visit Pedals for Progress Vermont on Facebook.
2. Old Spokes Home
Old Spokes Home is a bike shop and a nonprofit organization with two locations in Burlington’s Old North End. They accept donated bicycles that are in rideable or very nearly rideable condition and/or good quality parts (based on staff discretion).
Bike donations are accepted at Old Spokes Home anytime during open hours, year-round.
Bike donations to Old Spokes Home are integral for their Everybody Bikes program, Kids Bike Bonanzas, and other programs. Nicer bike donations are sold in their shop to help generate revenue that supports the social and educational programs provided by Old Spokes Home.
3. UVM Bikes
UVM Bikes is a student-led group at UVM dedicated to “spreading the good word of bicycles”. They operate the Bicycle Education Co-op in the North stairwell of the Hills Building and offer semester and year-long rentals.
Learn more about the bicycle shop, school and repair service on the UVM Bikes Facebook page.
More reuse and donation options exist for not only your bicycle, but many other unwanted items. Check out our Reuse & Donation Options webpage for more local options for keeping your unwanted items in circulation and out of the landfill.