Recycling Wheels, Changing Lives: The Long Island Bike Co-op Story

In the heart of Long Island, a group of dedicated volunteers is spinning a story of sustainability and generosity. The Long Island Bike Co-op, a nonprofit organization, is committed to recycling bicycles and gifting them to underserved communities. From humble beginnings as the Brookhaven Bicycle Co-op, this all-volunteer 501(c)(3) has grown exponentially since its incorporation in 2019.

The mission of the Long Island Bike Co-op is as simple as it is impactful: to ensure that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, has access to the joy and practicality of a bicycle. Through their tireless efforts, they give away about 1,100 bikes each year and recycle approximately 25 tons of bicycles from their three locations. This remarkable achievement is made possible by donations from universities, individuals, and local bike stores. A special shout-out goes to the Trek Store in Plainview for their unwavering support.

Recently, the Co-op celebrated a significant milestone by partnering with RISE, an organization dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. RISE operates eleven IRA residences, providing daily services to both men and women diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Through a comprehensive Life Plan (LP), RISE ensures that their residents receive the care and support they need to thrive.

This partnership resulted in a heartwarming achievement: securing 30 bicycles for the residents in RISE’s OMH (Office of Mental Health) and OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) homes. These bicycles are more than just a mode of transportation; they symbolize freedom, independence, and the opportunity to explore the world on two wheels. 

The Long Island Bike Co-op’s story is one of community, dedication, and the belief that everyone deserves the chance to experience the simple pleasure of riding a bike. With every bicycle they recycle and every life they touch, the Co-op continues to pedal forward, changing lives one bike at a time.
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