Carroll County ReCycled has an amazing story to tell.

Carroll County ReCycledWho would have imagined just 6 months ago that the Mount Washington Valley could become a hub of bicycling as a viable and important means of transportation – even in the winter?

Brainchild of Region 2 Mobility Manager, Scott Boisvert, with help from a CDC grant, the Carroll County ReCycled project started with taking bike donations, refurbishing and redistributing them, then added the collaborative benefits of working with Kennett High School and Carroll County Adult Ed to train students and House of Corrections inmates through Project Bike Tech to obtain their certificates of master bike technicians, able to join the industry. There are so many benefits!

Carroll County Recycled aims to provide an alternate means of transportation to those in need, whether it be children learning to ride, everyday transportation for workers or seniors looking to improve quality of life through recreation. We take in used bikes, have them serviced through local partnerships with bike shops or have them become part of the certificate training for Project Bike Tech at Kennett High School and the Carroll County Jail.  These great bikes get re-distributed for free to those in need.

Project Bike Tech at the Carroll County Jail
Project Bike Tech at the Carroll County Jail

Project Bike Tech at the Carroll County Jail has already congratulated 4 students who’ve completed the certificate program and will now be seeking employment in local bike shops. During class they are helping to service used bikes not only for the community but fellow inmates as often times transportation upon release is challenging. We’re excited to announce that our next class is starting April 2nd and we look forward to watching this program expand. Carroll County Adult Education is managing this project and they’ve already expanded in that they’re using some class time to help students with resume writing and even helping students secure employment.

This is just one piece of what is a huge effort to increase transportation options in Carroll County.  Since September 2023, (that’s only 6 months,) we’ve taken in 170 used bikes and re-distributed over 120. Yes, that’s through the winter! Imagine what spring will bring? You can follow the journey @ Carroll County Recycled on Facebook.

We have provided bikes to families, recovery centers, Angels & Elves, HeadStart, schools, the county jail, J-1 international student workers, Starting Point domestic violence shelter, adult education students and adaptive sports programs.   We want to donate to everyone.

You can help keep this program alive.  Spring cleaning is right around the corner! Are you planning that yard sale or just looking to clean out the garage? Is there a bike hanging around or one you’ve been staring at for years but haven’t pulled out and actually ridden? Or maybe you’re just in the market for a new one?

Carroll County ReCycledYou can donate a kid’s bike, road bike, fat tire or hybrid (no electric bikes, please), and it will make a difference to someone who will put it to good use. Currently the average service cost per bike is $160.  If you would prefer to donate cash to help offset the expenses of this program you can contact . Keeping our foot on the pedal with this program, every bit of help and support we receive is greatly appreciated!

This type of work doesn’t take a village, it takes a whole county. A BIG Thanks go to all of the partners listed below as well as everyone who’s donated a bike and everyone who’s provided space for us to hold our bike drives!

  • Carroll County Adult Education
  • Carroll County Dept. of Corrections
  • The Gibson Center for Senior Services
  • Tri-County CAP
  • The Carroll County Regional Coordinating Council
  • Project Bike Tech
  • The Bike Shop
  • Stan & Dan Sports
  • The MWV Career & Technical Center
  • Kennett High School

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