Today, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with Waste Management, Inc. and Pedal Movement, donated 27 refurbished bicycles to two local non-profit groups, Long Beach Blast and Partners of Parks, in an attempt to improve mobility, encourage healthy recreation, and promote reuse and recycling. The nonprofits will further distribute the refurbished bicycles to underserved youth and families across Long Beach.
“It is our goal in Long Beach to continuously improve our mobility infrastructure in the City and find fun ways to promote bicycling,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Both residents and visitors continue to do our environment justice by improving air quality and taking cars off the road.”
In May of this year, the City’s Department of Public Works asked residents to participate in Long Beach Bike Month by donating unwanted bicycles. Waste Management, Inc. set up drop-off facilities at three locations: Whaley Park, Scherer Park, and at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and East Broadway.
“We are honored to partner with the City of Long Beach to help bring programs that improve our communities,” said Angelica Dulce, Recycling Education Manager for Waste Management, Inc. “Thanks to the residents who donated bikes. Once refurbished, others will be able to enjoy them. This is how we promote the reuse cycle.”
Out of the 41 bicycles that were collected, ones that were unfit for reuse were recycled. Pedal Movement refurbished the salvageable bicycles that were donated to Long Beach Blast and Partners of Parks for further distribution.
“We are always looking for ways to encourage mobility in Long Beach,” said Craig Beck, Director of Public Works. “Thanks to the efforts of Public Works staff, Waste Management, and Pedal Movement, 27 more Long Beach residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the City by bicycle.”
The Recycle Your Bicycle program, coordinated by Public Works, will become an annual event, allowing residents to donate unused and unwanted bicycles in any size and condition during Bike Month in May. This new effort promotes reuse and recycling and continues to encourage bike-friendliness in Long Beach.About Public Works
The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/pw/
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