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Shifting Gears bike donation drive starts Monday

Fresh Thyme markets serve as drop off locations for bicycles in October.
Image provided by: Shifting Gears

INDIANAPOLIS - About 200 people could use a bicycle and don't have one, according to organizers of the Shifting Gears program.

Now in its tenth year, Shifting Gears provides donated, refurbished bikes to people in need of transportation to work, school, food and medical care.

A partnership between Bicycle Garage Indy, the Indiana Department of Correction and Volunteers of America of Indiana, Shifting Gears takes donated bikes, fixes them, and donates them through charitable organizations to those in need.

Children and adults benefit from the donated bicycles. (Image provided by Shifting Gears)

This year, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is partnering with Bicycle Garage Indy by hosting drop-off locations on the following dates:

Monday, October 10, 3-7 pm
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
4225 E. 82nd St, Indianapolis

Monday, Oct. 17, 3-7 pm
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
11481 E. 116th St., Fishers

Monday, Oct. 24, 3-7 pm
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
8750 US Hwy 31, Indianapolis

Bikes can also be donated during business hours at Bicycle Garage Indy locations:

Bicycle Garage Indy North: 4340 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, 317-842-4140
Bicycle Garage Indy South: 997 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood, 317-885-7194
Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, 242 E. Market St., Indianapolis, 317-612-3099

For additional information: www.bgindy.com/for/shiftinggears

Used bicycles donated to the Shifting Gears program may be eligible as a tax-deductible donation to the Volunteers of America of Indiana.