The Shirt Box in Farmington Hills has kicked off its third annual bike drive for Back Alley Bikes, a Detroit nonprofit community bike shop.
Donations of gently used bicycles in working condition will be accepted through Saturday, October 20, during business hours at 32500 Northwestern Hwy.
Back Alley Bikes has operated in Detroit’s Cass Corridor for nearly 20 years, providing cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices and community access.
“Back Alley Bikes is funded in many ways, but our main fundraiser is our retail shop The Hub of Detroit,” shop manager Jeff Getten said in a press release. “The Hub refurbishes and sells a portion of our used bike donations, and 100 percent of the proceeds from those sales and used parts sales benefit Back Alley Bikes and are used to fund our programs.”
As part of an ongoing friendly competition, bicycles can also be donated at Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts at 490 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. Over the past two years, both businesses have collected more than 400 bicycles.
Ron Elkus, co-owner and founder of The Shirt Box, came up with the idea because of his love of cycling and his appreciation of Back Alley Bikes mission developing youth’s bicycling and leadership skills in the city of Detroit.
“We started brainstorming about how great it was riding bikes when we were young,” Elkus explained. “It provided us with a sense of freedom and pride as to how we would customize our bikes.”
The Shirt Box is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9:30 a.m. through 7 p.m., Thursday. For more information, visit the shop or call 248-851-6770.