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June 25, 2014

Main Street partners up to re-home bikes — A few charity minded individuals in Pauls Valley are taking the old adage that another man’s junk is another man’s treasure to heart.

The latest cause is finding new uses for bicycles that have been collecting dust for years..

Enter Main Street Pauls Valley Director Lindsey Temple and Toy & Action Figure Museum Curator Kevin Stark.

They believe there are kids around who could benefit by gaining those very items left in storage.

“We were getting ready for the derby (Hot Wheels racetrack event) and both Lindsey and I were going back and forth and seeing them. We kind of had the same idea at the same time,” said Stark. “Gosh why can’t we get them to kids who deserve them.”

Main Street PV was able to get these bikes after the city deemed them surplus items, according to Temple.

They are primarily abandoned bicycles that had been found by the city.

“They just seemed to be wasting away in storage,” said Stark.

There was a work day and the bikes were catalogued to see how good a working order they were in, said Temple.

Angel Tree has also partnered with Main Street to handle finding kids in need and will give them out throughout the year.

Temple noted that they are looking for volunteers to join members of the Valley Velo Cycling Club to restore the bicycles..

“We’ve gotten a lot of fantastic feedback on this,” said Temple.

“So many people want to be involved. We’re all just trying to work together and get these turned over as quickly as possible. Then get them into the hands of kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a bicycle for the summer, the school year, whatever.”

Temple noted that there could be a return of the bicycle safety rodeo, a suggestion by the PV Police Department. That could happen as soon as late summer and all kids who receive a bike would be invited toparticipate.

In all there are about 47 bikes that are expected to be refurbished for giveaway.

“If you know of someone in need of a bike, send them along to us,” said Temple. “It really depends on how soon we can get them turned around.”

Those interested in helping with the next restoration project or knows a kid in need can contact Main Street PV at 405-238-2555.

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