Donate a bike and make it a vehicle for change
Donated bicycles form the foundation of the Rich City Rides. Our professional mechanics and skilled volunteers refurbish the bicycles and direct them to our bike safety programs for low-income youth or to our bike shop. Bike shop sales benefit our programs.
We believe that the bicycle is a tool for empowerment and a vehicle for change. That’s why we work to broaden access to bicycling and all of its benefits. When people ride bicycles, they become healthier as does our community. When you donate a bike you help make our community healthier.
What Kinds of Bikes Do You Need?
We love all bicycles, but we need bikes in good condition. Brands such as Bianchi, Diamond Back, Fuji, Giant, Nishiki, Raleigh, Specialized, and Trek make great, reliable rides.
We also operate a full-service bike shop where we sell road bikes, cruisers, and mountain bikes. Proceeds from the shop support our programs.
How Do I Donate a Bike?
You can donate a bike at our bike shop during business hours. We’re located at 1500 Macdonald Ave. Richmond, CA 94801. We have a suggested processing fee of $5 per bicycle.
If you have something that you’d like to donate but aren’t sure if we accept it, please give us a call at the shop: 510.255.0625
What Happens To My Bike?
We carefully evaluate every bike that is donated. Each bike is directed to where it is needed most, depending on program needs and the bike’s general condition.
Bikes in good condition are cleaned by volunteers and refurbished by our professional mechanics.
Bikes in poor condition are dismantled; usable parts are salvaged. Unusable bikes and parts are given to community member who recycle it for money.
Why a Processing Donation?
We have learned that recycling bikes is a lot of work! It also costs a lot of money. We don’t make any money from the scrap metal but instead donate that to the many homeless who recycle it for income. We gladly accept donations to help cover the cost of carefully processing each bike. We suggest $5, which (nearly) covers the cost of evaluating each bike.