BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program

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bike recycling logoThe BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program (BRP), a cooperative venture with local social support agencies, distributes reconditioned bikes to individuals in the Athens community who are underserved by private and public transportation. We rely exclusively on volunteers to recondition the bikes.

In 2013 we repaired and donated 100 adult and kids’ bikes, thanks to 2,400 volunteer hours. We have processed over 2,200 bicycles since our program started in 2001.

Please see below for directions to the shop, our operating hours, information about volunteering and donating, and how to get our bikes.

Shop location

We are in the Chase Park Warehouse on the Tracy Street side, behind the Argos concrete plant silos. Look for a bright yellow bike outside our door.

BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program
149 Tracy Street
Athens, GA 30601
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Hours of operation

Please visit our workshop during these times to volunteer or drop off donations:

Sunday 2 – 4:30 pm
Monday 6 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 6 – 8:30 pm (new volunteers, please come to this session)

Want to volunteer?

We ask that new volunteers come to our Wednesday sessions for orientation. Volunteers need not have any knowledge of bicycle maintenance, just a willingness to get your hands dirty. We are well equipped with tools and supplies so there is no need to bring your own.

We ask that you commit to at least four work sessions. Orienting new volunteers is time consuming for our staff, so we want to make sure we both get the most from your time with us. You do not have to commit to all work sessions during the week, just come when your schedule allows. It’s OK if you don’t get addicted to working on bikes, but we love it when people do! Maybe someday you’ll lead a volunteer session yourself.

Large volunteer groups should contact us ahead of time so that we can accommodate you.

Have a bike or other items to donate?

Our warehouse is overflowing right now, so we may turn away donations of bikes in severe disrepair. We prefer that you do not leave bikes outside our shop when we are closed. We welcome kids’ bikes at any time but the best time to donate them is in November and December. We also accept bike parts and accessories, but please do not bring used helmets or used child seats.

We always seem to have a shortage of bikes for tall men but lots of donation requests from men who are over six feet tall. We appreciate all of your donations, but large mountain bikes are extra-special to us.

Need a bike?

We do not donate bikes directly to individuals. If you are in need of a bike, please contact one of our recipient organizations. Our primary recipients are the Athens Area Homeless Shelter Job TREC program and the Family Counseling Service DUI-Drug Court program.

Bike sales

We sell some of our bikes in order to cover our expenses. We usually have a few bikes for sale in our inventory, but keep an eye out for our seasonal used bike sales, usually in April and August. You can also find some of our bikes for sale at the Habitat ReStore.

Check our Facebook page for upcoming sales.

Contact us

Come by the shop during our open hours, or send us an email.

Follow us

Get shop announcements via email by signing up for the BRP listserv. You can also become a fan of BRP on our Facebook page.

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