Dear friends in the bicycle community:  

Puerto Rico urgently needs our help

Due to the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the island of Puerto Rico, fuel is in short supply and mobility is a major challenge for relief efforts there.  Grassroots organizations both in PR and stateside are working to ensure that rebuilding efforts benefit local communities as part of a #JustTransition - to increase sustainability and decrease reliance on petrochemicals.  Bicycles have an important role to play, and we can all help!  

Donate bike repair tools & supplies to PR

There is significant need for bicycle tools and supplies to repair and outfit bikes to help move critical supplies around the island.  UPROSE (www.uprose.org) is a longstanding community organization based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that is coordinating an effort to send a shipping container to PR next Thursday, 10/12.  

The local cycling community is mobilizing to support this effort and we call on all bicycle advocates and concerned community members to help.   

Items needed:

Helpful: Be selective based on the list below, and think in terms of how to repair existing bikes that may be storm or water-damaged that need repair AND/OR can be be modified to haul supplies.  Less helpful: a bunch of random parts from your stash. 

  • Tire irons/patch kits
  • Tubes - 26" & 700c
  • Used but rideable tires
  • Multi-tools
  • Chain lube 
  • Grease
  • Chains 
  • Crescent wrenches in common sizes
  • Spoke wrenches
  • Spokes 
  • Bike repair manuals spanish 
  • Cables 
  • Housing
  • Chain whip
  • Cassette lockring tool

Additionally:

  • Trailers 
  • Baskets 
  • Racks
  • Cargo bikes 
  • Helmets 

How toDonate

* Donations can be dropped off or shipped to 718 Cyclery: 254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215.  
* Please ensure all donations are labelled "Bikes for PR." 
* Items can be lightly used / usable condition.
* Items can be purchased new via your favorite online retailer and shipped to 718 Cyclery - please ensure they arrive no later than Wed afternoon, Oct 11.
* You can also purchase items directly from 718 over the phone at 347.457.5760 

Timeline

Donations will be collected through 5pm EST Wed Oct 11.  This is a time-sensitive project to contribute to one shipping container that will be shared with other relief supplies such as soil, seeds, etc.  At this time there is no plan for anything more, but information will be circulated if/when things change.

For more information please contact Kiya Vega-Hutchens at UPROSE: kiya@uprose.org

www.uprose.com

IG: uprosebrooklyn

Twitter @UPROSE

#OurPowerPR