Bikes stolen from program for the needy

WILMINGTON, DE – Last Thursday evening a program dedicated to getting needy kids and adults who are without transportation access to bicycles was broken into and robbed. The Urban Bike Project is a nonprofit organization that would have used the bicycles to refurbish and sell to support their community projects.

One such project is the ‘Open Shop’ they hold twice a week to allow community members to come and repair their bikes for free. They also provide bikes for the youth Earn-A-Bike program, which teaches children about bicycle maintenance, mechanics, and safety – at the end of the program having them rebuild a bike they can take home.

Upwards of two dozen bikes were taken from the company. Deleware Online reports that one instructor, Corry Wright, found the situation incredibly frustrating. “Sometimes it discourages me…but then when I come and work with the kids it brings my spirits back up.”

Members of the organization are determined to continue moving forward, noting that they always welcome volunteers and donations. Contact Laura Saperstein at laura@urbanbike project.org to get information on how to do either.

WATCH DELAWARE ONLINE COVERAGE OF THE THEFT HERE