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City donates bikes to Redlands Christian Migrants Association

By Staff | Jul 18, 2011

Mary Miller, George Sousa, Patti Sousa and Mike Miller of Sanibel Bicycle Club, along with Steve Tremelling of RCMA, take a break from loading bikes to pose for a group picture.

On July 15, the Sanibel Bicycle Club oversaw the transfer of donated surplus bikes from the City of Sanibel to a representative from the Redlands Christian Migrants Association (RCMA). These bikes will go to benefit migrant workers in Central Florida.

Patti Sousa, representing the Sanibel Bicycle Club, explained that the organization has done this for the past three years.

“The bikes go to migrant workers who can’t afford transportation otherwise,” said Sousa. “We’ll be making another delivery in February or early March, or even in the fall if we can get enough bikes.”

City Manager Judie Zimomra said of the partnership, this is “a classic example of how items can be reused and diverted from the waste stream.”

Sousa went on to say that, at times, people are lined up waiting for the delivery of the bikes and they go quickly.

Mike and Mary Miller load bikes to be delivered to the Redlands Christian Migrants Association.

“(The RCMA) are very well organized and easy to work with,” she added. “If for some reason they can’t give all the bikes away, they’ll be given to another non-profit for distribution to those who need them.”

Steve Tremelling of the Redlands Christian Migrants Association leans against the trailer awaiting the donated bicycles.

Grace Towler of the Sanibel Police Department was on hand as well to supervise the donation.