Rotary club plans final bike sale on May 8

The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights is planning a final sale of bikes collected through community donations.

For more than 10 years, the group has been collecting used bikes, refurbishing them and then giving them back to the community.

“Our idea started as a simple vacation program so low-income families could have bikes for their kids,” said bike program president Ron Crawford. “But then we realized the need for bikes was there all year round. We were lucky to have John Amling, who has owned bike shops for 20 years, as a great source of technical support.”

The Rotary Club has collected and redistributed over 1,600 bikes in the community and worked with a number of local non-profit organizations. These include the Village of Arlington Heights, Cross and Crown Church, Viator House, Partners for Our Communities, Our Lady of Angels Church, Mission San Juan Diego, Faith Community Homes , Wheeling Township and Elk Grove Township.

“We are especially proud of our relationship with Cross and Crown Church, which has provided bikes to dozens of homeless people who have no other means of transportation,” Crawford said.

All funds raised will be used to support Rotary projects in the community.

The group is planning its final bike sale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 8 at the Village Bank parking lot, 311 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.

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