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7 Hills' Bikerecycle helps Restore, restore helps Bikerecycle


When Nevada County’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore presented a $760 check to Nevada City School District’s bicycle shop, it represented the fruits of their collaboration.

Nevada County’s Habitat for Humanity began working with Nevada City School District’s bicycle shop at its Seven Hills campus last spring to increase revenue for both.

Habitat ReStore General Manager Danny Childs knew it could only be a benefit to everyone involved.

“What instigated it is we get donated bikes all the time in a less-than-ideal condition,” Childs said. “It struck us that the kids from Seven Hills could repair these bikes.”

Since early summer, the Bicycle Recycle Project has brought refurbished and repaired bicycles to the local Grass Valley Habitat ReStore to sell, and the two organizations split the proceeds.

When the bikes are sold, Giles said 80 percent of the proceeds return to the school.

The check for $760 to Seven Hills was that percentage from the sale of 16 bicycles over the last three months.

“This is a real win-win-win when you look at it. Seven Hills wins because they now have a retail outlet for their great bikes, Habitat wins because of increased bike sales, and the community wins because they get great bikes at a great price and keep perfectly good used bikes from ending up in the landfill,” Childs said.

“We hope to sell many more as more people realize that their dollars can help multiple organizations.”

Anyone looking for a bike should start with the ReStore because you will save a lot of money and there are some nice bicycles available, even for those who are more serious riders.

Also if you are looking to get rid of a bike you aren’t using anymore you can donate it to either group and your donation makes double the difference.

Shopping with and donating to either organization supports school kids learning a skill and families being able to purchase a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.

“We’ve sold just about every bike they delivered to us,” Childs said. “We hope to have another fleet of bikes for the holidays.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4236.

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