Mercer County bike drive supports Boys & Girls Clubs

Fran Lippincott, Mercer County Park senior ranger, stands with bicycles that were dropped off at the Park Commission's Hunt House in Pennington in response to the county’s bike drive.PHOTO COURTESY OF MERCER COUNTY
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Fran Lippincott, Mercer County Park senior ranger, stands with bicycles that were dropped off at the Park Commission's Hunt House in Pennington in response to the county’s bike drive.PHOTO COURTESY OF MERCER COUNTY

The Mercer County Park Commission and Mercer County Planning Department worked together to organize a bike drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange.

The joint effort hauled in 400 bikes, the largest and most successful collection in the Bike Exchange’s 12-year history, County Executive Brian M. Hughes said in a prepared statement.

“I thank the community for their enormous generosity in donating 400 bicycles for our bike drive for the Boys & Girls Clubs Bike Exchange,” Hughes said in the statement. “I also thank our Park Commission and Planning Department for coordinating the effort.”

“This collaborative effort helps build a bigger community for those interested in learning how to ride a bike, or to obtain one at an affordable price,” Park Commission Executive Director Aaron T. Watson said in the statement. “We are thrilled with the turnout from the event and hope to see this effort expand more within our park system.”

The Bike Exchange, located in the Capitol Plaza Shopping Center on Olden Avenue in Ewing, collects used bikes to refurbish and sell at a discounted rate. Its goal is to promote health and biking, and all proceeds go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County.

The Park Commission set up the drive at three locations in Hopewell Township, West Windsor and Hamilton to make donating easier for people throughout the county.

Donors also dropped off tires, air pumps and bicycle helmets.

The Bike Exchange is open Thursdays from 5-7:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. It is a volunteer-led establishment and will accept bikes in any condition for donation.

For more information, visit www.bgcmercer.org/bgc-bike-exchange.