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Recycle Your Cycles event is April 11: Western Nebraska Bicycling Club to host collections
March 19, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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The annual Recycle Your Cycle event is coming up on Saturday, April 11 in the Nebraska Public Power District building on South Beltline in Scottsbluff.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon and is sponsored locally by Keep Scottsbluff-Gering Beautiful. But this is the last year NPPD will be the sponsor.

“NPPD has been sponsoring this event for a number of years,” said Kristen Wiebe of Community Connections. “Two men have come out from Columbus for that event, but they’re retiring. We now have some new partners.”

The Western Nebraska Bicycling Club will be the new local partner and Community Connections will help solicit volunteers to help keep the event going.

As people start their spring cleaning and clearing out the garage, it’s a great opportunity to donate an old bicycle to the program.
“The event took in about 60 bicycles last year,” Wiebe said. “The ones that can be salvaged are repaired and given to local programs like Community Partnership of Western Nebraska and the Potter’s Wheel. Those organizations turn the bicycles back into the community to help those in need of transportation.”

Bicycles that cannot be repaired are given to local artist Doug Hovett. He uses the parts to create artwork such as bike racks. Local artists are then encouraged to paint the sculptures prior to going into the local landscape.

One example is a large red lobster in front of the Gering Public Library, painted by Mitchell artist Michelle Denton. The former bike part sculptures are in many public places, including the learning garden at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.

“This is a great project we didn’t want to see end,” Wiebe said. “After this year, we’ll be looking at a new location. We’ll likely continue the event in the spring, when the weather is nice and people are cleaning up.”

Wiebe said that in addition to Recycle Your Cycles, the Community Connections group is working with the City of Gering on its downtown revitalization plan. Later this year, group members plan on conducting a walking tour through downtown.

“We hope to have three or four stops to look at properties and get input from owners about what’s possible,” she said.
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