Bikes donated for people in need at Mala Galleria
● By J. Chambless
Mala Galleria owner Zvezdana Stojanovic Scott (second from right) with representatives of the Urban Bike Project.
Dozens of people donated bikes and bicycle parts on the afternoon of June 20 outside of Mala Galleria in Kennett Square.
The sidewalk quickly filled with bikes donated to the Urban Bike Project, an organization that fixes and donates bikes to people who cannot afford to buy their own bikes. Bicycles can provide crucial transportation to jobs or around town for people of all ages. The donation drive was held in conjunction with an exhibit of bicycle-themed artwork in the gallery.
The greatest need at the Urban Bike Project is sturdy mountain bikes and hybrids of any size, but any type of bicycle in any condition is welcome. Bikes that need repairs are fixed by volunteers. Through the Earn-A-Bike program, area youth can learn mechanics and refurbish a used bike, which they keep for free at the end of the project.
Gallery owner Zvezdana Stojanovic Scott said, "The bike drive was fun! We had dozens of people from the community come with used bicycles, and I had people telling me afterwords that there are more coming in the next couple of days! The friendly folks from the Urban Bike Project were very happy and thankful to Kennett Square for donating and promoting the good cause."
-- John Chambless