(WSYR-TV) — The State Fairgrounds is still playing host for donations for the 24th Annual CNY Bike Giveaway and organizers are still in need of bikes.
Jan Maloff, the organizer of the bike giveaway, said they need bikes that can either be fixed up or stripped for parts. Even if your old bike only has a few working parts it could be a huge help, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused prices for replacement parts to triple in some cases.
“The need for bicycles now has never been greater,” Maloff said. “Big stores like Target and Walmart have been out of bicycles because of what is going on. Most of these items are made in China, so people could not upgrade their bikes and donate the bikes that they had.”
Maloff and his team have already repaired hundreds of bikes this year, but they are looking for more help as the holidays are quickly approaching.
“We have 800 repaired right now. We are looking for volunteers to come help us. We are looking for financial donations because the price of our parts have tripled, and we are looking for bikes in any condition,” Maloff says.
Every bike that is fixed gives someone a chance to experience that feeling most of us felt when we were kids.
Maloff explained, “Riding a bike is our right of passage and there’s so many families here in Syracuse, and we’re here to fulfill that need.”
The group will be giving bikes away starting on Dec. 19 in the parking lot of the DeWitt Memorial Funeral Home.