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GuinansAurora_screenshotYimbynow offers you a short video on Garrison resident Jay Vitale and his bikes-for-kids charity, Guinan's Aurora. Jay gives "re-cycling" a whole new meaning. Here he is picking up 20 abandoned bikes collected by the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department. Jay's volunteers at Guinan's Aurora repair the bikes to "like new" condition. They then make the recycled bikes available to Hudson Valley children living with cancer whose families may not be able to afford a bike. 

Detective Camillieri noted that bicycles of all kinds end up at village hall as abandoned in various states of disrepair. Under New York's abandoned property law, the finder may claim the found bike after a period of time. But that rarely happens. So twenty or thirty bikes literally pile up in the basement of the village hall each year. Up to now, the Village used to sell the unclaimed bikes as scrap metal at year's end.

As Police Chief Tramaglini stated during the pick up, "This is so much better. Jay is welcome to come back as often as we have bikes." 

Visit "Guinan's Aurora" on Facebook.

 
Bycicle_for_transportation_pageThis home grown, one to one reward system promotes bike safety and therefore bike ridership.  It's a wonderful example of simple public private partnerships that create the culture of green.  Read the full story.
 
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