Collecting 207 bikes for my Eagle Scout project


Over the last few months, I’d been coordinating and planning my Eagle Scout leadership project. My proposal was to coordinate an awareness program for recycling used bikes of any kind and have a large-scale bike drive on the Northwest side. I wanted to do a project with Working Bikes and started discussing this with them in early 2016.

My father Dan and I worked closely with Working Bikes to ensure a successful project. I had 2,000 recyclable door hangers printed. Volunteers distributed those hangers in Sauganash, Wildwood, Edgebrook, Forest Glen, Old Edgebrook, and a small part of Lincolnwood.

Dozens of volunteers helped make the project flow smoothly (including the Working Bikes volunteers, board, and staff). When all was said and done, on October 29th, we loaded and unloaded 207 bikes collected from more than 75 donors.

I’d like to thank everyone for the donations and to two great businesses in Edgebrook who helped with the project. Edgebrook Coffee Shop and Diner provided breakfast burritos to fuel the volunteers assisting with the collection that day. And Edgebrook Cycle provided 20+ large boxes of unassembled bikes, parts and accessories, and other great stuff.

Everyone in the community allowed me to complete this amazing project that will help Working Bikes in its mission. I received such generosity from so many people and hope that the bike collection will help people both locally and internationally.

This post was written by Tim Cotter, Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 626, Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago.