Brooklyn Machine Works has donated bike stands to Time’s Up to assist in their construction of pedal powered generators.
These were quintessential for charging cell phones in the East Village during the week of power outages caused by hurricane Sandy. They will soon have 10 of these human powered contraptions to be able to assist the hurricane relief effort in the Rockaways and Staten Island, still crippled without power. No gas lines necessary for these “energy bikes,” just the volunteers needed to pedal them.
There are other bike related relief efforts going on throughout the city. Here are a few:
–Bicycle Habitat in Manhattan was open dispute power to help with the influx of bike commuters seeking an alternative to bus and gas lines.
Their Brooklyn location has accepted tons of donations and delivered them by bike to the hard hit Rockaways.
More about their efforts from Doug Gordon at brooklynspoke.com.
–Doug’s been leading bike trains (group rides) to work and assisting in supply deliveries to Red Hook.
–Last Sunday (11/4/12) Affinity Cycles lead an over 100 cyclist brigade out to the Rockaways and their heading out there again this weekend.
Here is a report back:
ROCKAWAY RELIEF EFFORT GROUP RIDE
Thanks a million to those who donated to the Affinity Rockaway Relief effort, and to the 100+ who made the group ride out to the Rockaway Surf Club on beach 87th. When we arrived at the surf club I was overwhelmed by the devastation on Rockaway, but was also thrilled to see how a communal effort was able to quickly organize and begin immediate relief.
Read more here.
Sid’s Bike with two manhattan locations is having a donation drive as well.
We all suffer the effects of the storm. While many of us have recovered, many of us still have not. To provide help to those in need, Sid’s Bikes will be holding a food drive. Starting this week, we will be collecting non-perishable food at both of our store locations. Many of our own staff members live and commute in from Staten Island and various parts of Queens and Brooklyn. And just as bike commuters, we will be loading the food into empty bike boxes, and loading those boxes on a special big hauling bike…pictured below. Please do your small part by bringing in food donations to our 19th St location or our 34th St location during normal business hours. All donations will be delivered by this bike to local food banks and relief center drop off locations throughout the city.