Run a Bike Drive
Promoting a bike collection drive for a New Jersey Bike Exchange is a truly rewarding community service project for your school, company, organization, or faith community. A bike drive encourages people to donate bikes in their garages, basements, and storage sheds that are no longer being used. Our Bike Exchange volunteers will recondition donated bikes and sell them at our shops in Trenton, New Brunswic and Plainfield. All profits from the sale of donated bikes go to the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton and Plainfield, and PRAB in New Brunswick. We invite you to organize a bike drive and to make it an annual tradition!
Bike Drive BenefitsPositive recognition for your organization.
Donor satisfaction that used bikes are put to good use.
Creative support of recycling and environmental stewardship.
Freeing space in your storage areas.
Tax deductions for those who donate.
To Organize a Bike Drive You Must Accomplish the Following Tasks:Obtain approval from your organization's leader. Designate a Bike Drive Coordinator. Contact the Bike Exchange at [email protected] to begin planning your drive. Publicize and market the event to your target donors. Manage the Bike Drive on the day(s) of collection.
Questions You Will Need To Answer
When? This will depend on your organization and target donors. For some groups, a single or half day weekend event will work well. For others, a week long bike drive would be most effective.
Where? The best sites are 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 great in case of rain. Collections run rain or shine!
What? What materials are needed? A Bike Exchange Bike Drive Coordinator will provide organizers with customized flyers to promote the drive, a volunteer sign in sheet, and tax deductible receipt forms. You will need to supply tables, chairs, any signs you decide are needed, 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. Late sponsor arrival combined with and early influx of bikes can disrupt your efforts, cost time and energy, and fray relationships with volunteers and donors. It is important to schedule enough volunteers to promptly complete tax deduction receipts for donors.
Event Publicity / Overall Marketing Strategy
The number of bikes you collect will depend heavily on your publicity efforts. Your organization's Bike Drive Coordinator should strategize with fellow volunteers to determine the optimum publicity approach. A Bike Exchange volunteer will be available to help you create a news release to aid in promoting your bike drive. Depending on your unique situation, you may want to contact local press, distribute customized flyers, and/or contact prospective donors via E-mail.
Transporting the Bikes to the Bike Exchange Store
The Bike Exchange Bike Drive Coordinator will work with your Coordinator to agree upon a transportation plan. Normally Bike Exchange volunteers transport the bikes from the bike drive to the Bike Exchange's shop in Trenton or Newark in a rental truck.
Good Luck With Your Bike Drive!
We would like to thank the following Organizations for their participation in bike drives for the Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange.
Credit Union of New
Jersey, ETS, Ewing Police,
Lawrenceville Farmers Market, Long
& Foster Real Estate (2010), Montgomery
Evangelical Free Church, PE Athletic Club, Munich
Reamerica, Inc., PrincetonUniversity, Spencer Halper, Stark
& Stark, Trenton Police, College of NJ, New Jersey
Manufacturers, Gale Snook, Dave Anderson,
Credit Union of NJ, Princeton UMC
Bar Assn., Church of
Incarnation, Yardley PA,
Monroe Twp Police Bike Rodeo,
Dennis Alba Family, Covance, Princeton
Alliance Church, Doylestown Bike Hike Committee,
Tyco International, West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian
Alliance, French Creek Iron Tour Ride, Ewing Presbyterian
Church, Lorna Cruz, Pennsbury AA Baseball Tournament, Chris
and Tiffany Dimedio,Macclesfield Park, Debbie Wachspres, Beardsworth Consulting