ReCycle Bikes Program

Volunteer bike mechanics

Our volunteers are now accepting bicycle donations on Wednesday afternoons starting May 15 through to June 26 for the 2024 program. See below for drop-off times and location. 

Discovery Routes is proud of its work supporting equitable access to trails in our community. We do not receive any government funding to support the ongoing delivery of the ReCycle Bikes Program. We rely on generous contributions from businesses, organizations, individuals and volunteers who share our values. Cash Donations and Sponsorship are critical to keep the program rolling. Help us keep the program thriving!

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Used Bike Donations

Bicycle donations can be dropped off at the Laurentian Ski Hill lower lodge at 701-991 Ski Club Road in North Bay on Wednesday evenings between 3-6pm starting May 15 through to June 26. This building is NOT staffed during the summer months so please only donate your bike during these times. Unfortunately, we are not able to pick up bicycles.

To help our volunteers maximize the number of bikes we get back to the community, we are only able to accept bikes that are in fair to excellent condition. Not all bikes can be made safe for the road and trails. To help determine whether your bike is suitable for donation, please consider the following criteria:

  • Bicycles stored indoors are preferable
  • Has a majority of its parts
  • Has minimal rust

Qualifying bike donations will receive a charitable receipt for $25.  Tax receipts are issued via email when the program wraps up in the early fall. Select bicycles may be sold to cover program expenses.

Bicycle most in need are mountain and hybrid bikes suitable for teenagers and young adults.

If you have any questions about the program or the donation process contact cycle@discoveryroutes.ca

Need a Bike?

Bicycles are distributed through our partners at many local community service organizations based on need and availability of suitable bicycles. Contact cycle@discoveryroutes.ca in the early spring to be placed on a waiting list for available bikes in 2024.

Volunteer With Us

Consider volunteering at ReCycle Bikes and making a difference in the community by giving others the opportunity to own a bike. We are a welcoming community of enthusiastic like-minded volunteers offering the chance to build life skills and give back. Generally, the commitment is 2-3 hours per session from May to September. We generally have 2-weekday sessions per week. Administrative support is needed throughout the year but is minimal through the winter.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Lead Mechanics: We need individuals with bicycle mechanics skills and are interested in sharing knowledge with others. Lead mechanics mentor young volunteers in bike repair and tune-ups, and advise on some of the more challenging repairs.

General Bike Volunteers: We need individuals to do various tasks involved in refurbishing bikes. No prior bicycle repair skills are required, just a keen desire to learn. Other tasks include cleaning bikes, pumping tires, installing bike bells and reflectors. Many of our young volunteers enjoy tearing down and salvaging parts from bikes that are beyond repair.

Administrative Support Volunteer: We need individuals who are willing to do basic administration work such as receiving and tracking bicycle donations, liaising with community organizations for bicycle distribution, social media and communications support and volunteer coordination.

Student Volunteers: Students can earn volunteer hours while learning a new skill. Students will be paired with a lead mechanic who will mentor them through bike repairs.

Interested? Please fill out our volunteer form.

About ReCycle Bikes

ReCycle Bikes is a volunteer-run used bike donations program in North Bay and the area, coordinated by Discovery Routes. The program accepts bicycle donations and community volunteers repair, tune-up and get the bicycles ready to ride. Discovery Routes works with several social services organizations in the community to help give refurbished bikes to kids and individuals in need in our community. Since 2015, Discovery Routes and community volunteers have received, tuned up and redistributed 983 bicycles!

Social and Environmental Benefits

The original aim of the ReCycle Bikes Program was to provide opportunities for more people to get out and enjoy the incredible network of trails in and around North Bay. But the benefits far exceed the original intent of the program. Here are just a few of the impacts of our used bike donations program:

  • Provides access to individuals that may have limited transportation options to get to school or work
  • Gets unused bikes out of the garage and back on the trail
  • Fosters a healthy and active community and builds a local culture of cycling
  • More bikes on the trails and streets build demand for safe cycling infrastructure
  • Provides opportunities for volunteers to learn bicycle repair skills
  • Provides opportunities for youth to participate in local bicycle programs
  • Bikes that can’t be made roadworthy are salvaged for scrap to divert waste from landfill

Our Impact Since 2015​

120 Bikes Donated (2023) 223 Volunteer Hours (2023) 327 kg Waste Diverted (2023)
983 Bikes Donated (Since 2015) 1709 Volunteer Hours (Since 2015) 2047 kg of Waste Diverted
698 Bikes Distributed (Since 2015)

Some of the Agencies We’ve Been Able to Support

Hands the Family Network “Thank you for all you do to make a difference in the community!”

North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre “Thank you Recycle Bikes and Discovery Routes!! From myself and my clients.”

Outloud North Bay – “Thank You!! ❤️

Supporting Partners

In 2020, Discovery Routes received a gift from Park Tools, a bike tool and equipment manufacturer that supplied the organization with professional bike-specific tools. Volunteer mechanics use the donated tools to tune up and repair donated bicycles.

 

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.