Norris Outdoors Partners with Chicago-based The Recyclery for Annual Bike Sale

Ally Mauch, Associate Campus Editor

Norris Outdoors will partner with The Recyclery, a Chicago-based second-hand bike store, for a bike sale on October 5.

The partnership will allow Norris University Center to sell more bikes than in previous years, when the supply was limited to abandoned bikes collected on campus, said Whitney Bennett, a volunteer with The Recyclery who organized the partnership.

Bennett, a program associate at the Office of Undergraduate Learning Abroad, said she saw an opportunity to connect Northwestern and The Recyclery after hearing about Norris’ used bike sales.

Bennett said she reached out to Norris program manager Nancy Cambron Perez to make the partnership a reality.

“(Cambron Perez) was really receptive to… partnering with an organization like The Recyclery which shares Northwestern’s educational mission,” Bennett said.

The Recyclery, located near the Howard Street Red Line station, teaches customers how to repair their own bikes and runs an “open shop” three times a week so cyclists can use the tools in the shop for free.

Matthew McMunn, volunteer and outreach coordinator for The Recyclery, said the store’s educational programs foster a sense of community.

“A lot of people across town don’t have the money to spend on someone else to fix their bikes, so we provide education… and that way people learn to be mechanics,” said McMunn. “The idea is that you feel empowered when you are working on your own bike. ”

For those who cannot afford a bicycle, The Recyclery is partnering with community organizations in a program called “Freecyclery” to provide free bicycles, McMunn said.

While volunteering, Bennett said she saw many NU students, faculty and staff visiting The Recyclery to purchase bicycles and access educational materials. With the sale of Norris bikes, she said The Recyclery will increase its visibility on the NU campus.

She added that the partnership will also help promote “safe driving practices”, a mission of The Recyclery and NU. University Police will sell locks at the event and provide free lights and helmets for those who register their bikes, according to the Norris website.

Cambron Perez said the partnership will benefit the NU community.

“It’s really important for our students to have a connection with an educational bike store,” said Cambron Perez. “This is information that we are bringing to campus and that we hope more people can use. ”

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