Members of the all-volunteer Bike Angels program displayed dozens of refurbished bicycles on the front steps of Burbank City Hall Friday morning prior to the bikes being donated to less fortunate children.
The Bike Angels program, which began five years ago, is comprised of active and retired City of Burbank employees, local residents, members of the business community, school children and many others who restore used bicycles to like-new condition which are then given to non-profit groups who distribute them during the holiday season.
Burbank groups such as the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, Burbank Boys & Girls Club and the Family Service Agency benefited from the work of over 60 volunteers who work year round to restore the bikes.
In addition to putting smiles on children’s faces, the Bike Angels program promotes healthy exercise, reduces landfill waste, and helps lower air pollution by reducing automobile trips.
The program, which started about five years ago, collects bike which are donated at the Burbank Recycling Center, then volunteers spend an average of $30 per bike to bring it back to life. They have put about 400 bikes back into service for needy Burbank children.
The collecting has already started for next year’s delivery.