Pay it Forward: The Bicycle Collective

The Bicycle Collective holds open shop hours and volunteer nights (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) The Bicycle Collective is a non-profit group that helps people fix up their bikes.

"If you want to work on your own bike, you come in here. We'll have a mechanic walk you through whatever you need," said Clint Watson, executive director.

You can also buy a bike from of the Collective's three locations in Salt Lake City, Ogden, or Provo.

"We sell bikes and we sell them very affordably to anyone," said Watson.

The Bicycle Collective also takes donated bikes and bike parts. People use those parts to fix up and improve their own bikes.

"We have a bunch of volunteers that spend volunteer nights kind of stripping all these parts up," Watson said.

Renting out space in the shop, buying a bike, or making a donation means the Collective can give away bikes to kids and adults in need.

"We give 600 bikes a year to adults who can't afford a bike otherwise. We give about 1200-1300 bikes to kids," said Watson.

For the holidays, The Bicycle Collective is holding a "Bikes for Tykes" fundraiser to make sure kids get a bike for Christmas.

"Every kid should have a bike," said Watson.

Their goal is to give at least 150 bikes to children at the YMCA in Taylorsville. But, Watson hopes they will get even more.

"Whatever we have left over, we're going to try to give away to various groups," he said.

The Bicycle Collective also wants to start some youth programs in 2017, including open shop hours for kids and job placement programs.

"It's a big, ambitious project we're taking on," Watson said.

The Bicycle Collective hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the "Bikes for Tykes" fundraiser.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to the non-profit.

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Go to The Bicycle Collective's website to learn more about the organization.