NYLON – When a group of students from GCC were in need of some wheels, Batavia resident Florence Colton did not hesitate to donate two bikes to students from overseas.
Colton, who will be 70 on June 29, had the students help retrieve her son’s old bikes from her barn, and in turn let them keep the bikes.
“They were good, solid bikes, but I really didn’t have any use for them and I knew David would like for somebody to have the bikes,” Colton said about the bikes that had belonged to her son David, who sadly passed away in December 2014. “And they [the students] were so happy and it just touched my heart that those were my son’s bikes and these kids really appreciated these bikes.”
A recent forum between GCC students and Batavia area merchants revealed that one big hurdle preventing students from patronizing businesses in town is transportation. GCC welcomes donations of working bicycles to help students get back and forth from campus to destinations in town for groceries, haircuts, clothing or recreation.
“We have a collection of bikes that students can use and we even provide bike helmets purchased from Adam Miller’s,” said College Village director John Sisson. “But because the bikes are generally reused from previous College Village student residents, some are not in the greatest condition. We’d welcome the donation of new bicycles or reused bikes in good working order. Our students definitely put them to use.”
If anyone has bikes they’d like to donate to College Village, they can contact John Sisson at (585) 343-0163 or JTSisson@genesee.edu. College Village will accept bikes in good, working condition, but any bikes or bike parts received that are not in working condition will be donated to Trailside Bicycles located at 16271 Canal Rd., Hulberton, NY in Orleans County, www.trailsidebicycles.com. Owner, Chris VanDusen hopes to one day help develop a program similar to R Community Bikes Inc., a nonprofit organization in Rochester that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution to needy families in the Rochester area.
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PHOTO CAPTION:(L-R) Yosuke Takada of Japan; Florence Colton of Batavia; Kriss Jeanty of France; and Yuumy Kamata of Japan)
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