Mary and George, working together, really mobilize the entire community to make this collection a huge success. They work with area businesses who help support the collection by funding the advertising efforts which include hundreds of flyers and print and radio interviews.
One change this year was the collaboration of five different recycling centers in the area. They had tried to get them on board last time to no avail. This time Mary had decided to attend a council meeting to re-introduce the idea of collecting bikes at the recycling center. By just putting her name on the agenda, the connection was made.
Looking for added muscle to help process all these bikes, we put a wrench in Julia's hands. At five years old, we believe Julia may be our youngest volunteer to date! And she absolutely was taking those pedals off all by herself. She needed a little help turning the bikes over but then look out.
Julia is actually how this partnership all started. When George and Mary went looking for a used bike trailer to haul her around on bike they came across Keith Oberg and Bikes for the World.
|George and Mary on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge last year|
Their daughter recalls a trip about 15 years ago that put a halt to their tours on tandem when they took a bad fall in New Zealand. This was before everyone was uber connected by the internet and she was home trying to get more information about how her parents were. Mary spent some time in the hospital and George was taken in by a friendly Kiwi. Even though they were swiped from their bicycle built for two they continued on with the vacation, hiking on crutches.
|Yes, this is Mary on that one speed bike|
"I guess to understand why we wanted to hold collections, you'd have to go back to the 1950's when biking brought magic, mystery, and mischief into our childhoods. I loved my 1955 sturdy one-speed. As soon as I got home from school, I changed into my cotton, plaid 'biking' dress put my little plastic-covered flip-top note pad with its own pencil holder in the bike basket, and sped off to explore my neighborhood Wilson Point, in Middle River, Maryland. I pretended I was a detective--a coupe-less, 2 wheeling, Nancy Drew--filling that note pad with careful observations and queries."
"We're hoping every bike we collect will offer the sense of adventure and magic to someone else. Biking gives you independence, a freedom to navigate and transform your life. In our travels we've seen how essential bikes are for vast numbers of people. Entire houses have been built with supplies transported on bikes! Degrees have been earned, paychecks pocketed, romances built--all through biking," George and Mary Medicus.