Friends launch ‘Bikes for All’ program

Jan 11, 2021

MATTAPOISETT — To celebrate the long awaited Mattapoisett Rail Trail connection to Depot Street opening this Spring, Mattapoisett Recreation and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bicycle and Recreational Path (the Friends) have teamed up to ensure that every Mattapoisett family has an opportunity to fully enjoy it. This new initiative is called Bikes for All. We are asking for donations of gently used bicycles, to be given to any town resident, of any age, who needs a bike. Children’s sizes with training wheels to adult 26” bikes – all sizes can be donated or exchanged.

The Friends are working closely with town officials to build a safe and welcoming bike path. Many of the Friends are also walkers and runners, and are excited that this spectacular new mile of the bike path will connect Mattapoisett village to Fairhaven center and beyond.

So, take a look in the corners of your garages and basements … Is there a bike that is no longer being used by your family? Or a child’s bike that has been outgrown? If so, dust it off and call at Jane Finnerty at Mattapoisett Recreation at 508-758-4548 for pickup.

In this era of increased demand, higher prices and waiting lists for new bicycles, recycling well cared for bikes here in Mattapoisett is one way to make the Mattapoisett Rail Trail accessible to all!

If you would like to make a donation for the Friends to purchase or repair bicycles, please feel free to send it to Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path, PO Box 1336, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Please note that your contribution is for “Bikes for All”.

The Friends is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, so contributions to the Friends for Bikes for Kids are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Friends will apply 100% of contributions toward the bicycles.

For other inquiries, contact Liz DiCarlo at 508-942-9343 or lizdicarlo@comcast.net. Or visit the Friends’ website at mattapoisettrailtrail.org.