Updated: 09/16/2013 11:57 AM |
Created: 09/16/2013 11:54 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It's an essential part of their lives, an extension of how they make a living. Now, several groups are working together to help those in need so they can continue working.
Gordon Phillips works at Trek Bicycle Superstore. He also spends his free-time fixing bikes. "I have a love for bikes, and I have a love for people that depend on their bikes," he said.
Now, he's sharing that love with people in need. People like Edwin Contreras.
"It gets me to go to work, to my apartment, stuff like that," Contreras said about his bike.
Phillips, Trek Bicycle manager Michael Humphries and the Duke City Wheelmen head out to Noon Day Ministries once a month to help others.
"We sometimes forget that there are people who need bikes for transportation. It's not a want, but a need," Humphries said. "It might make the difference between them having a job or not. Being able to feed their family or not."
Jennifer Buntz, with Duke City Wheelmen said, "Gordon is able to fix things that you would not normally think somebody could fix. It's a great partnership."
A partnership that started with a goal that continues to make a difference. "Our organization places ghost bikes. We didn't want to place more bikes. We've placed three for homeless men who've been killed while riding," Buntz said.
"It might not seem like a lot, but to me it's a lot," Contreras said
The Duke City Wheelmen are having an event on Sunday, Sept. 29 to raise awareness for bicycle safety. It's called Can You See Us Now?.
For more information visit: http://www.dukecitywheelmen.org.