Border Partners was pleased to bring 107 bikes to Palomas this month, through the generous donation of The Bike Works, a community-supported nonprofit bike shop in Silver City, NM. The shipment duty and the supplies to repair and refurbish the bikes was funded by a HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) grant we received from the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation.
Many of these bicycles are already in ride able condition. For the others that need repair and refurbishment, we’re starting a bike restoration program in partnership with the local high school in Palomas. The plan is that students there will restore two bikes. One restored bike will go out for the Border Partners community in Palomas and the other bike they repair they will keep for their own use.
Our Border Partners staff and their families are already excited about the addition of these bikes. Many Palomas youngsters who are already bikers have grown and are outgrowing their present bicycles. This influx of bicycles will supply them with new, bigger bikes so they can continue their biking enthusiasm.
We currently have about 100 donated tires on hand. All the bikes need desert tubes and slime sealant, materials that the HEAL grant will fund.