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Shifting Gears bicycle donation drive

INDIANAPOLIS, IN [September 16, 2015] -- Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI) and Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets are calling on the Central Indiana community to donate used bikes in October to Shifting Gears. Through the Shifting Gears program, each donated bike makes a positive difference in the many lives it touches – from the donor, to the people refurbishing the bike and finally for the person receiving the refurbished bike.


Since the Shifting Gears program began in August 2006, nearly 4000 bikes have been donated through Bicycle Garage Indy to the program. In 2015, more than 200 bicycles have been distributed to people in need, but the demand for bicycles exceeds the available bicycles. There are currently requests for 420 bicycles.


Shifting Gears is a unique partnership between Bicycle Garage Indy, the Indiana Department of Correction and Volunteers of America of Indiana. Through the program, donated bikes are refurbished by Shifting Gears program participants in the Indiana Department of Correction. The program teaches valuable maintenance and repair skills and provides the opportunity to make a positive contribution to society. Refurbished bikes are donated back to the community through charitable organizations to those in need. Used bicycles donated to the Shifting Gears program may be eligible as a tax-deductible donation to the Volunteers of America of Indiana.


Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is partnering with Bicycle Garage Indy for the Shifting Gears bike donation drive by hosting drop-off locations on the following dates:


Thursday, October 1, 3-7 pm
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
4225 E. 82nd St, Indianapolis

Thursday, Oct. 8, 3-7 pm
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
11481 E. 116th St., Fishers


Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-7 pm
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
8750 US Hwy 31, Indianapolis


Bikes can also be donated during business hours at Bicycle Garage Indy locations:


Bicycle Garage Indy North: 4340 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, 317-842-4140
Bicycle Garage Indy South: 997 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood, 317-885-7194
Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, 242 E. Market St., Indianapolis, 317-612-3099
For additional information: www.bgindy.com/for/shiftinggears


Bicycle Garage Indy promotes and supports healthy lifestyle changes in the Central Indiana community by welcoming everyone into bicycling and indoor exercise, providing store experiences that prepare and excite, investing in inspired people, contributing to the development of communities that value exercise for recreation, transportation and competition, and providing ongoing engagement. For more information about Bicycle Garage Indy, visit www.bgindy.com or call 317-842-4140 (North-Indianapolis), 317-885-7194 (Greenwood) or 317-612-3099 (Downtown).


Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. Visit www.freshthyme.com for store locations and hours.