Every year 1000s of bicycles are abandoned on NYC streets. Left for dead, they're vandalized or stripped for parts, and no one really owns this problem. City agencies are not equipped to deal with it, so the decaying bike problem persists, wasting valuable bike parking space and uglifying our sidewalks. Bike Rescue NYC was created to meet this challenge head-on.
Bike Rescue will reclaim, recyle, and restore these bicycles with a team of well-trained young adults. These “Bike Rescue Field Technicians” will ride custom pedi-cab recovery cycles, navigate with tailor-made GPS, and treat bike remains with dignity. They'll be taken to Bike Rescue HQ and given a second chance.
The method in 7 short steps:
Spot an abandoned bike
Open Bike Rescue app and log location and bike condition
Bike Rescue arrives on the scene (w/ branded tools, uniform, and GPS device)
The bike is assessed and tagged.
X days later, Bike Rescue returns on a pedi-cab, cuts the lock, and carts the bike away
The bike is repaired using reclaimed parts or properly recycled
Restored bikes return to the streets!
The benefits in 4 short blurbs:
Clean and safe NYC sidewalks
A thriving, multi-modal transportation culture
Reduces the negative feedback loop of "visible disorder"
Opportunities for youth mentorship and training