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Old 09-11-05, 12:31 PM   #1
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From PBS: http://www.pbs.org/now/

The show talked about hurricane victims in Mississippi using bicycles to scavenge food, water, and ice. Cars are demolished. Gas supplies are way down. They need bicycles. Does anyone know which national organization has taken any action to help?

This is what I have found so far:

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From: http://www.bikeleague.org/index.cfm
League Extends Sympathy, Support to Hurricane Victims (9.1.05)
The League of American Bicyclists is reaching out to cycling clubs and members in the Southern U.S. recently hit by a deadly hurricane. Until they let us know the best way for us to help them, we encourage everyone to give to the American Red Cross by clicking here or calling 800-435-7669.

From: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/index.asp
Nothing, Nada, Zippo. Hurricane? What hurricane?

From: http://bikesbelong.org/site/intro.cfm
Nada.

From: http://www.bikesnotbombs.org
Nada.

From: http://nbda.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=179
Offering relocation and jobs to bike shop employees.

Check here for any state bicycle coalition efforts: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/links.htm

Austin, TX: http://teambicyclesportshop.com/Katrina

Carmel, IN: http://tinyurl.com/c6cqe

Acton, MA: http://tinyurl.com/bcy3b

Gainesville, FL: http://www.am850.com/communitycalendar/default.asp
* In an effort to help provide transportation to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Gainesville’s First Assembly of God Church will be collecting new and used 26” wheeled bicycles. On the first weekend of October, the bicycles will be taken to Alabama’s Gulf Coast and distributed to people in need there. You can help by donating any bikes or bike parts needed to refurbish the used bikes. For more information, please call Gary at 258-3353.

St. Paul, MN: http://www.bikeped.org/Calendar/view_entry.php?id=253
The Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance has been approached by numerous aid organizations seeking bikes for flood/hurricane survivors. Our goal is to get at least 25 bikes repaired during this event. We are also seeking cash donations to help outfit the bikes with new racks, lights, and other accessories. Many of the refugees are low income and can not afford cars. Help them get back on their feet with a bike!

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Old 09-11-05, 05:26 PM   #2
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Gulfport, MS needs bikes. We can start a nation wide drive for bikes. How can we get them transported?
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Old 09-11-05, 05:37 PM   #3
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Perfect! I have one that I was going to give away to help someone anyway so knowing who to send it to will hopefully get it into the right hands faster (than just giving it to Goodwill).
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Perfect! I have one that I was going to give away to help someone anyway so knowing who to send it to will hopefully get it into the right hands faster (than just giving it to Goodwill).
Getting bikes is the easy part. Austin got 1,000 bikes. But, transporting them will be no cake walk. I've tried contacting the Red Cross. But, they don't seem to have a clue about how to deal with bikes.
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Old 09-12-05, 05:30 PM   #5
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By bike, of course.......
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We can load 15-20 crusiers in a compact pickup. Just rent a U-Haul and start loading.
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It's easy to fit bikes into a truck...just swing the stems to the side and load em up!

With little work, a few hundred bikes can fit into a boxtruck.

Now....maybe I should buy a few boxes of 26" innertubes and donate them?
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We can load 15-20 crusiers in a compact pickup. Just rent a U-Haul and start loading.
Sounds good. Let's roll.
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Transport them by 40' containers...
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I can imagine a statewide or regional bike advocacy organization putting out the word across the state, through bike stores, newspapers, radio stations, and so on, then driving a truck across the state as a combined pickup/goodwill/publicity tour before proceeding on to the South with them. I've just send an email to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine proposing this. (I wish I had time to work on it.)
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www.workingbikes.org sends bikes to third world countries after they've fixed them up. They ship a whooooooooole bunch of them. I bet they could help to coordinate something big.

I'll drop them an email.

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Bikes From Austin Going To Ground Zero Katrina:


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This is what I have found so far:

National Organizations:
You forgot Bikes Not Bombs. Their site also has NADA!

http://www.bikesnotbombs.org/
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That's a beautiful sight
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That's a beautiful sight
Oh, quit with the stinkin sentimentality already!
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Only if you like the sight of a clump of Wal Mart specials......

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barenaked,

Do you have a contact down there for distribution? Some of us up in Maine are talking about such an effort, but it's getting past the immediate crisis and perhaps the need is not as urgent anymore?
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I have just started a Google group dedicated to this idea. Please join if you are interested or have experience. Thanks!
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