Cycle Salvation and Habitat for Humanity: Newsletter Nov, 2015

Posted by: Causeway Work Centre
November 16th, 2015 • No Comments



If you visit Cycle Salvation and find Operations Manager Paul Wylie is out – chances are he will be back soon driving a pick-up truck stacked with used bikes of various makes and models from Habitat for Humanity. While Cycle Salvation often receives merchandise from condo and storage spaces, it’s Habitat who donates by far the most bikes.

Cycle Salvation and Habitat for Humanity have had an informal partnership for five years. In the early days, Paul would receive a call from his contact Brenda to come pick up a load of bikes. With time, however, the calls became so frequent that he just made the trip a regular part of his route. After emptying his trunk of bikes beyond repair at the scrap yard, Paul simply stops off at Habitat’s Enterprise drop off location to harvest the new load of donations. The not for profit organization donates at least 200 bikes a year ─ in the summer ten to fifteen bikes a pick-up. Habitat even transports bikes donated to the Train Yards location to Enterprise so Paul only needs to make one stop. Wylie states that the bicycles from Habitat are generally in very good shape. The majority are repaired or tuned up by the mechanics at Cycle Salvation, but the right models often go to Right Bike to undergo a transformation into the familiar purple rentals that we know and love.

We all recognize Habitat for Humanity for their work in constructing affordable homes, but less well known are their efforts in putting discarded and used items on the road to reuse and resale. The Re-Store carries building supplies previously slated for demolition such as laminate flooring, cabinetry, and paint ─ not to mention a nice selection of tools! The money from Re-Store’s sales goes back into funding Habitat’s own building projects. You will not, however, find any bikes here, as all donated or recovered bikes go to Cycle Salvation. In return, Cycle Salvation donates the proceeds from scrap aluminum to Habitat for Humanity. And the cycle of good things continues…