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WAYSIDE WHEELS: New use for old bikes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Helping the homeless is as easy as donating your old bicycle thanks to a program called Wayside Wheels.

Jerry Campbell rides his bike everyday.

"Usually about five miles," Campbell said. "I use it to shop with, to go to Phoenix [neighborhood], different places, I use it to go see my two kids.

Campbell is one of several people at Wayside Christian Mission who received a bike courtesy of Wayside Wheels.

"Most of them don't have cars and they do have transportation needs so in addition to the TARC busses they can use their bikes to get to the TARC bus stops also when TARC drops people off to places and the destination is kind of far away they can ride their bikes to the destination," said Supervisor Peter Burkhart, Wayside Wheels.

Burkhart created the bike mission eight years ago. He said it's been a success, giving the homeless and low income an alternative form of transportation and exercise.

"We have a skilled bicycle mechanic who does the work for them and it's based on a donation, so if they have money to pay, that's great; if they don't we'll fix their bikes anyway," said Burkhart.

Tarc donated several bikes on Wednesday that were left on buses and never claimed.

"We recycle those bikes, we take the usable parts off of them or the bikes that are in good condition we keep and make sure they're rideable and we donate them to the clients here," Burkhart said.

Along with the bikes, riders also receive a little street smarts too.

"It shows you how to ride your bike in the street," Burkhart said as he pointed to a map of street rules.

Wayside Wheels is in need of donations of adult bikes.

The organization is hosting an open house this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 432 East Jefferson Street in downtown Louisville.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

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