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High Bridge man makes a difference with bicycles

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Pedals for Progress provides bicycles and sewing machines to developing countries to put people to work.
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Green Mountain RPCV’s Collect 3,000th Bicycle


The Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers held their 16th annual used bike and sewing machine collection for Pedals for Progress on Saturday, September 27th in Essex Junction, Vermont. During the 4 hour event, community members donated 169 bikes and 29 sewing machines.

A highlight of the day was the donation of the 3,000th bike the group has collected - a bright red Schwinn. The surprised donor was greeted by a cheering group of volunteers, and was presented with a Pedals for Progress ceramic mug.

Since their first collection in 1999, the group has shipped 3,143 bikes and 78 sewing machines to Pedals for Progress from northern Vermont. FedEx has donated the shipping of all of these bikes from Vermont to New Jersey and for the past few years they've had exuberant help on collection day from teenage members of Ripple, a local ecumenical youth group.

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Every year, affluent Americans buy 18 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 142,00 biycles and 2,800 Sewing Machines.
used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing world countries. Pedals for Progress isn't just donating used bicycles: It's also helping developing world economies by promoting self-sustaining bicycle repair businesses.

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