The first floor and basement of the Working Bikes warehouse are swimming with bikes this week after the arrival of two full truckloads of bicycle donations on Tuesday, June 11 and Monday, June 17.
The first truckload, containing 420 bikes, filled the Working Bikes loading dock and parts of the first floor. The second shipment, containing 255 bicycles from Working Bikes supporter James Atwell in Ames, Iowa and 120 bicycles from the Bike Library in Iowa City, added to the pile and spilled over to our basement.
Luckily the basement and first floor had plenty of room, having been recently cleared as we reconfigure our shop, storage, and mechanic workspaces. In the early weeks of June, several groups of volunteers took down first floor storage racks and enlarged the storefront boundaries, creating more space for customers to browse through bikes.
The back of the first floor, before donations arrive.
The back of the first floor, after donations arrive.
In addition to these large donations, Working Bikes has been steadily collecting bikes from individual donors and bicycle drives throughout June. Our last shipment was on May 29 to the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. In order to make room for new bikes we plan to hold a shipping party (or two) in the next couple weeks, their destinations to be decided.
If you’d like to help keep our storage spaces full and our donation shipments frequent, you can donate a bicycle at the Working Bikes warehouse, or any of our drop off locations, listed here.
Photo credits to Sam Van Dellen.