Local organization collecting bikes for those in need of transportation

Local organization collecting bikes for those in need of transportation. (WISH Photo/Brittany Lewis)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and Bicycle Garage Indy are teaming up to collect bikes for those in need.

It’s part of the Shifting Gears Program. The program was started in August 2006. Since then, nearly 4,000 bikes have been donated through Bicycle Garage Indy.

Currently, these are requests for more than 200 bikes.

The Shifting Gears Program is a partnership between Bicycle Garage Indy, the Indiana Department of Correction and Volunteers of America.

The bikes that are donated are refurbished by Shifting Gears Participants in the Indiana Department of Correction. Those bikes are then donated back to people in need of a mode of transportation through a variety of charities.

You can donate bikes at the following locations and times:

  • Monday, Oct. 17, 3-7 pm
    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
    11481 E. 116th St., Fishers
  • Monday, Oct. 24, 3-7 pm
    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
    8750 US Hwy 31, Indianapolis

You can always drop off bikes at one of Bicycle Garage Indy’s locations:

  • Bicycle Garage Indy North: 4340 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, 317-842-4140
  • Bicycle Garage Indy South: 997 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood, 317-885-7194
  • Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, 242 E. Market St., Indianapolis, 317-612-3099