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Carrboro nonprofit ReCYCLEry aims to make bicycling more inclusive, accessible

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A charity bike shop in Carrboro named The ReCYCLEry is working to provide cycling accessibility for all residents.

The communities in North Carolina with the highest levels of bicycle friendliness are Chapel Hill and Carrboro, which both received silver ratings from The League of American Bicyclists. Although there is a gold level in the league, no town or community in North Carolina has attained it.

According to the most recent data available, more individuals than in some other communities opt to use bicycles to move around town, run errands, and commute to work and school in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, according to Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils.

The ReCYCLEry is run by volunteers who provide classes on bike maintenance, inform the public about safe cycling, and restore abandoned bikes.

Graduate student at UNC Ricky Pimentel is a member of the ReCYCLEry's board of directors, which is made up of volunteers from the neighbourhood cycling scene.

According to Pimentel, "The ReCYCLEry is a nonprofit neighbourhood bike business that aims to expand the usage of bicycles for transportation and enjoyment." We essentially just adapt abandoned bikes so that they may be used and everyone in the neighbourhood has access to a bicycle.

According to Pimentel, the organisation is inundated with inquiries from people looking to get engaged. If volunteers fix and restore one of the bikes donated to the ReCYCLEry, they will receive a free bike.

Both the organization's membership fees and the cost of basic repair parts for clients are free. Their objective is to promote riding, whether for commuting or enjoyment and to create a welcoming environment.

According to Seils, ReCYCLEry's goal is to increase accessibility to cycling. He claimed the group gives motorcycles to those who otherwise couldn't afford them to do this.

The ReCYCLEry collaborates with other regional cycling groups to promote accessibility and advocacy for biking.

The manager of Carrboro's Back Alley Bikes and a partner of the ReCYCLEry is Tamara Sanders. She also serves on the board of the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, a group that promotes cycling in Carrboro.

They offer the community a tremendous service, according to Sanders.

One of the finest aspects of volunteering at the ReCYCLEry, according to Pimentel, is teaching people how to maintain bikes so they can learn how to fix mechanical problems.

The finest aspect, in Pimentel's opinion, is when you can spend some time with a person one-on-one and demonstrate how the brakes operate. "Fixing something up yourself, learning how it works, and then being able to ride it gives you a sense of joy and success."

Public bike rides are also sponsored by The ReCYCLEry. These rides are frequently organised to bring attention to particular issues; one of the most recent rides, for instance, gathered funds for climate change mitigation.

According to Sanders, the group takes part in a semi-regular full moon ride with Queer Ride Carrboro, which promotes harmony among members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Pimentel said the ReCYCLEry works to grow the cycling community in Carrboro with a focus on diversity, whether it is through group rides or lessons on bike maintenance.

The major goal, according to Pimentel, "is just getting people out on bikes and realising this is a good exercise." "There are many wonderful ways to ride a bike, and it's also a sustainable way to get around town. There are many different reasons, and we enjoy it regardless of what they are."

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