Recycle-A-Bicycle

Recycle-A-Bicycle provides recycled and refurbished bicycles to economically disadvantaged individuals in the Grand Traverse region. Please contact us to donate a bicycle or to apply to be the recipient of a bicycle.

Workshop Location: 1220 Woodmere, Traverse City, MI 49686
City Bike Shop is an alternate drop-off location for donated bikes.

Workshop Hours:
Summer: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00 – 5:00pm
Late August through November: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3pm-5:30 pm
December through April: Closed

What bicycles do you have in your garage that you don’t ride but may transform someone’s life?
Contact Don Cunkle, TART’s Recycle-A-Bicycle program director, to learn how you can help at 231.649.3443 or contact us!

Scott, an unemployed middle aged man, was desperate for transportation and he was determined to get a bicycle. He hitchhiked in to Traverse City from Mancelona and stopped in at Father Fred’s.  They referred him to Don Cunkle at Recycle-A-Bicycle. Don had one bicycle that would work – a 10 speed road bike. Don added reflectors, adjusted the seat, gave him a bag to attach to the handlebars instead of the two plastic bags he was carrying, and sent him on his way. Scott rode the entire way back to Mancelona. In one day Scott’s life was transformed. He had a reliable source of transportation, thanks to someone donating a road bike they no longer used.

Note that Recycle-A-Bicycle does not provide services directly to individuals. We work with clients via partner organizations and social workers.


Special Thanks!

The following organizations have awarded grants to support the Recycle-A-Bicycle program:

Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Cherryland Electric Cooperative “Cherryland Cares”
City Bike Shop
Einstein Cycles
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Great Lake Stainless Steel
Maxbauer Market
Morsels
Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight
Rotary Club of Traverse City
Scott Grubb
Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club
Up.bike
Zonta Club of Traverse City

Annual Report available here.