Ottawa's reCycles searching for new home as COVID-19 keeps its volunteers busy

By Kieran Delamont, 1310 News, November 4, 2020

For the last 10 years, reCycles had found a home in a low-slung building at the corner of Bronson Avenue and Gladstone Avenue, that dated back to the 1920s and had been used to manufacture cemetery headstones.

Passing by, this might seem like an apt metaphor, where in place of tombstones were rows of old, beat-up bicycles. 

But reCycles is not some kind of bike graveyard, nor is it a sketchy chop shop. There, the task at hand is to breathe life back into old bikes, and to get them back on the road at as low a cost as possible. 

“Our mandate is to help people put more bicycles on the road by providing affordable, recycled bikes to folks who want them,” says John Gibson, one of the many long-time volunteers that makes the place run. “We also want to provide low-cost access to a fully-equipped bike shop, so that people can maintain their bikes in safe working order, and extend the life of the bikes they have.”

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