The county’s Department of Transportation is collecting donated unused or extra bicycles in good condition to be distributed to residents who live or work in the county who have requested one.
The BikeMatchMoCo program, which was started in June 2020, has so far provided more than 500 bikes, but there are 200 more requests pending from adults hoping to get a bike.
“By donating your unused bicycle, you can provide someone locally with a means of transportation, which can improve their access to employment, education, healthcare and other essential services,” said County Executive Marc Elrich said in a press release. “A donation also can help you reduce clutter at your home, put your unused bike to use and boost the quality of life for someone else in our community.”
The county also is accepting donations and requests for children’s bikes, which must be in ready-to-ride condition and should be cleaned and sanitized before drop-off.
“Residents who wish to donate or receive a bike can do so by filling out the online form on MCDOT’s BikeMatchMoCo website,” according to the release.
“Once a donated bike has been matched to a recipient, a MCDOT representative will facilitate the donation and pickup. The bike donation deliveries are conducted separately, and all information is confidential.”
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