Fayette County

Your old bike can help out a family

Pedal Power Bike Shop and The Nest have teamed up to encourage people to trade in their old bicycles and help out families in crisis.

Pedal Power will give you $30 toward a new bike of any size if you bring in an intact children's bike — one with a 24-inch or smaller wheel size. For an intact adult's bike with 26-inch or bigger wheels, the store will offer you $50 toward a new adult bike.

The trade-ins will be given to clients of The Nest, which helps families that are dealing with crises including domestic violence, sexual abuse and poverty.

The promotion lasts through the end of April.

"So far we've had quite a bit of interest," Pedal Power owner Billy Yates said. He came up with the idea after he sent extra bikes to The Nest from a Christmas promotion aimed at benefiting refugees.

The Nest will give away bikes that have already been traded in at a family fun gathering from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at its offices at 530 North Limestone. There will also be cooking demonstrations, personal hygiene and home safety tips, family games, refreshments and other prizes.

Bikes are in great demand among clients of The Nest, Susan Mahoney, the organization's social services director.

They not only provide fun for children, but are also a way for adults to get to work, she said.