The Blanco Blue Bike Project is still forging ahead in their mission to bring the joy of riding around Blanco on a bicycle to all citizens. They have issued a mission statement that sums up their mission rather succinctly: To encourage village living, eco-tourism, alternative transportation and youth self-reliance by recycling bicycles, providing bike mechanic skills and giving opportunities for community involvement.
This summer has found volunteers and kids gathering at Bindseil Park to learn how to repair bicycles. Every Saturday from 9 am until noon, Jim Weaver and Doug and Simon Hain have instructed kids of all ages the proper way to fix a broken bike. A valuable lesson, especially when that is your only mode of transportation!
The Blue Bike Project is in need of supplies in order to repair more bikes and get them in working order and out for the public to use. Sta-Bilt has donated supplies toward this cause and has a wish list on hand. Some of the items that the Project needs: tube liners, chains, cables, sheaths, chain cleaning kits, 26” tires x 1.75 or 2.25, seats or seat covers, compartmental tackle box to hold small parts, paint brushes, paint (using Blue Hyacinth with Pittsburgh Metallic Flecks), and a broom. Items can be dropped off at the headquarters at 2nd Street and Cherry in Blanco.
Carrie Fellows has written Bell to see if they won’t donate their No More Flat tires, which would be wonderful for this project!
To learn more about the Blanco Blue Bike Project, visit their website at www.blancobikes.com.