Even though the forecast calls for more snow this week, I feel spring upon us! Like many of our neighbors, we spent the weekend cleaning out the garage and pulling down the kids’ outside toys. We will be purchasing two “big kid” bikes this year, as both of my kids appear to be ready do ditch the tricycle and big wheel to give a two-wheeler a shot. Kids outgrow bikes and toys like these so quickly when they’re young, we will definitely be buying used bikes this first time around.
I have found that with a little bit of research and planning, I can purchase like-new items at a fraction of the price by shopping second-hand. Additionally, damaged or unwanted bikes are often thrown away, filling up landfills with perfectly good materials. To prevent this, communities and organizations have put together bike resale events with the added benefit of saving buyers some money and raising funds. I have put together some information to help you be green and save green this spring. Below are links to bike resale and recycling events. Do you know of other events like these in Lake County? Please let us know!
The Village of Libertyville will be hosting a bike resale event at Adler Park Lodge. If you’re interested in selling or recycling a bike you can drop off April 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.. The sale will be held Saturday, April 5th from 8:00-11:00 a.m., and only cash or check is accepted. Any bikes that don’t sell need to be picked up by noon or they will be donated. The Parks Department collects 15% of the sales price.
The Village of Antioch will be hosting a bike resale event at the Parks and Recreation building in the gym. In addition to bikes, they are encouraging people to bring bike trailers, helmets, scooters, kid’s bike seats, and any other bicycling equipment. To sell, drop off at the gym April 11th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.. The sale will be held April 12th from 8:00-11:00 a.m., and unsold bikes need to be collected by noon or they will be donated. The Village of Antioch will collect 10% of the proceeds for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Saturday, April 26th from 11:00-3:00 p.m. the Deerfield Whole Foods will be teaming up with Working Bikes Cooperative to recycle old bicycles. Working Bikes donates over 6,000 bikes annually in the U.S. and internationally, all while keeping perfectly good materials out of landfills. Bring a bike in any condition and receive a $5 gift card to whole foods. While you’re there, you can stop in the store to sample products from Whole Foods vendors, and head to the cafe to work on an Earth Day Craft with the kids.
The Recyclery Collective is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills and opportunities for collaboration. They are a non-profit group that operates year-round out of a storefront on Chicago’s northwest side. They accept both new and used bicycles as well as monetary donations. Volunteers run “open shop” hours for anyone to come in and work on their bicycles, host classes, and donate bikes to individuals in need.