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Nonprofit Bicycle Workshop Victim of $1600 Robbery
Nonprofit Bicycle Workshop Victim of $1600 Robbery

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Green Options Buffalo’s Community Bicycle Workshop, which opens its doors three times per week for community members to fix up their bicycles and learn bicycle repair and maintenance, suffered a significant burglary over the July 4th weekend. An estimated $900 in bicycles and $700 in tools were reported stolen sometime Saturday evening.

The Community Bicycle Workshop, often affectionately referred to as “Blue Bike,” has been recycling up to 1000 used bikes per year since it opened in 2004. It is one of the more popular programs of the local nonprofit, Green Options Buffalo, which works to create, “healthy, environmentally sustainable, community friendly transportation options” here in Buffalo.

“The Workshop has sustained a couple relatively minor thefts in the past, but this loss is a severe set-back is,” said Justin Booth, Green Options Buffalo’s Executive Director. “It’s a shame, because so many community members rely on the Workshop for their basic transportation needs. The Workshop really helps people to be able to get around without the consumption of fossil fuels, the expenses associated with owning and operating an automobile and without creating pollution. We are reaching out to the community to help us recoup our losses.”

Green Options Buffalo is actively seeking donations to get the Community Bicycle Workshop back to its full capacity. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, any donations are tax-deductable. Contact Green Options Buffalo at (716) 218-7161, 640 Ellicott Street, Suite 447, Buffalo, NY 14203 or info@greenoptionsbuffalo.org to make a contribution.

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