Collecting Bikes for a Cause

October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 14, 2013 Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM EDT

East Aurora, N.Y. (WKBW) - Jack Croft loves bikes.

“They're fun to ride you can get a lot of places on them,” Croft said.

He enjoys them so much, that he became part of the non-profit Go Bike Buffalo.

“Cool place to hang out and they do a lot of great things around Buffalo. They put up bike lanes and lock stations,” Croft said.

Tivona Renoni is with Go Bike Buffalo.

“Go Bike Buffalo is a bicycle advocacy non-profit that does many things. We have multiple arms that control those things. We do bicycle advocacy, we try to make Buffalo more bicycle friendly. We do education programs and outreach programs,” Renoni said.

As he was volunteering at Go Bike, he was brainstorming ideas for his Eagle Scout project.

“I was working on a bike and I was like what can I do. We thought how about something for this place, maybe a bike drive,” Croft said.

He already collected more than two-dozen bikes. He's storing them in a neighbor’s garage for now. When the collection is complete, he will bring them to the Go Bike headquarters in Buffalo.

Both Croft and Renoni said bikes benefit the community in many ways.

“It's better for the environment, it's better for you,” Croft said.

Renoni explains how the bikes will be use.

“Some, depending if their kids bike or not, they will be donateing to our kids program where kids learn how to reuse parts and build a bike. It's been successful as one of our first programs. Some will go to the shop for volunteers to work on to strip down for parts or build it up,” Renoni said.

Croft said if someone would like donate a bike, he can come to pick it up. There will also be a collection site later in the month.

“You can drop it up off at the first Presbyterian Church in East Aurora on Oct 19th,” Croft said.

To learn more you can email Jack Croft at eabikedrive@gmail.com