Lumberyard staff build bikes for kids

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By Rebecca Fisher, Communications Intern

On November 5th, Lumberyard Bike Park donated $10,000  worth of new bikes to the Community Cycling Center. Some kids were fortunate enough to ride home with these bikes in last Sunday’s Holiday Bike Drive. The rest of the bikes will be used to build up a bike fleet that our community partners will use next year. On December 3rd, Lumberyard staff volunteered for a few hours to help assemble some of the donated bikes.

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Vance, who is Lumberyard’s carpenter, spoke to the value of giving kids access to bikes. “Bikes are good for exercise, but also freedom. I remember growing up in Hood River, biking was my way out of my small town and way to spend time with friends and have fun.”

Will, the Chief Creative Officer, commented that using a bike “is something you have for the rest of your life to support a healthy lifestyle. It’s a thing as a kid you take into adulthood to use for transportation and recreation.”

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When Mike the Operations Manager was asked about his favorite part of the evening, “The Oreos! kidding. Checking out the shop and being part of something really cool.” Kent, a fellow Lumberyard coworker, expanded on this saying that his favorite part of the evening was “assembling these bikes knowing they’re going to support kids riding bikes.”

It was an amazing moment to see two organizations passionate about the benefits of biking coming together. Thank you, Lumberyard, for your incredible support and dedication to promoting access to bikes.

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