LACONIA — The Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange is looking to coordinate a bikes for youth program with Got Lunch! Laconia this year according to its founder, John P. Rogers.
He says that currently the exchange has a good inventory of youth bikes available and is looking for volunteers to help refurbish bikes and coordinate with community service agencies
Rogers says that he is still looking for volunteers to join the advisory board of the exchange, which will meet this Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Laconia Middle School as part of the monthly Better Together meeting. The exchange was formed earlier this year as an initiative of Better Together.
Since it was formed, the organization has received 101 donated bicycles and currently has an inventory of 80 in stock according to Rogers. The exchange, originally located near the Big Banana store on Messer Street, moved to a new location during the fall at 343 Court Street, located in part of the Eased Edges building owned by Brian Flanders.
The exchange has received a $5,000 donation from generous donors from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation which Rogers says was arranged by Peter Benson.
The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) is to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of refurbished used bicycles, made available to people who would benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the exchange is for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license.