Transportation for those who really need it.
There are few options for citizens in Oshkosh who do not own a car. The city bus runs until 6 pm and not at all on Sunday.
The Community Bike Program was started in 2010 by Steve Sagmeister and a few others. The program receives donated bikes from the community. Volunteers then repair and refurbish the bikes to make them safe and road worthy.
The program provides transportation to those who cannot afford to purchase a vehicle to seek employment, get to employment, ride to school and employment training, and accomplish daily activities that most of us take for granted. They currently give out about 400 bikes a year. The need is greater.
Recipients get their bike through referrals only from Oshkosh area human service agencies, schools, etc., such as Salvation Army and Human Services. Often, they must wait for a bike in their size until more bikes are available and repaired.
We need bikes, especially 24” and 26” bikes, but all sizes are welcome. We need locks and helmets so bikes are retained by the new owner. If you can help, contact Steve Sagmeister, Director at 920-688-2356 on Wednesdays 10:00am to 3:30pm. The Cherith Clothing and Resource Center's 307 N. Sawyer St. location will serve as a drop off location Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm year-round.
If your organization is willing to be a collection site, let Steve know.
Please share this information and consider donating your old bike, helmet, and locks to the Community Bike Program. Bikes are needed and accepted year-round.
Money to purchase bike parts and locks can be donated through the Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation at https://www.oshkoshareacf.org/fund/oshkosh-area-school-district-education-foundation/ Donate button at top of page. There is an “any/unrestricted” section. Specify “for bikes”.