Congratulations to the 2014 Bicycle Makeover Winner: Kathy Hartley
We were totally inspired by Kathy’s story:
I am still riding the same bike i rode to high school over 30 years ago – and today when one of my students saw me, she stated “Mrs. Hartley – old people shouldn’t ride bikes because they look funny!” (6th graders are brutally honest!) I started exercising regularly a few years ago and recently decide to start riding to work – now i would like to not embarrass my students when i show up at school and also prove to them that “old” people can ride a bike and look classy when they do!
Within the next few weeks, Kathy will receive a complete bicycle makeover working with Duncan Benning of Transit Cycles. The before and after will be posted on this site soon thereafter.
This year, we received 40 fantastic entries. Choosing just one winner was so challenging that our judges decided to create three runner-up prizes! Congrats to the following three people who will receive a few key commuting components for their bikes (racks, panniers, lights, etc.).
I moved to Tucson seven months ago to start an AmeriCorps service term with early literacy nonprofit Make Way for Books. I love my work. I get to bring books and the joy of reading to young children and families. My living stipend is quite limited, though. So it’s important to me to have a low cost (and environmentally friendly) way to get around town and to get to work several days a week. My bike is not really well-equipped for commuting, so this bike makeover would mean so much to me.
I’m a middle school English teacher at La Paloma Academy in South Tucson. I love my kids, I love my school, and I really love my bike! It carries me 20 miles a day round-trip and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But… my kids think it needs a makeover, and I guess they’re right. Take a look at my photo to see what my kids think could use some work and how I would make it better.
I work for AZ Conservation Corps. We empower local young adults to embrace the benefits of commuting via bike by allowing them to borrow a bike from our bike share program. This is our first year- this program depends entirely on generous community members and passionate staff. I would like to makeover a bike for someone in our program who’s discovering the joy of riding a bike. Someone gave me a bike once when I was struggling and it changed my life. I would like to pay this forward!