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MCTS Donates Bicycles to DreamBikes


MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) recently donated more than 20 bicycles to DreamBikes, a non-profit organization that refurbishes used bicycles and returns them to the community through giveaways and affordable sales.

DreamBikes, which strategically places its bicycle stores in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods, provides hands-on, paid job training to teenagers. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens to work in the shop — teaching them how to refurbish bicycles, use industry-specific software, and deliver great customer service.

How to Help

  • Donate a bicycle. Gently-used bikes, parts, and accessories can be dropped off at DreamBikes in Milwaukee, 2021 N. Martin Luther King Drive. You can also keep an eye out for third-party bike collection drives, which happen throughout the year at various businesses and locations.
  • Host a bike collection drive. Any individuals, clubs, organizations, and companies interesting in hosting a bike drive can contact DreamBikes for help setting up a collection.
  • Consider making a tax-deductible monetary donation. Learn more here.

Need a Bike?

  • Stop by DreamBikes’ shop in Milwaukee to buy a refurbished bicycle at an affordable price. The store also carries a full selection of new and used parts and accessories, including seats, bells, grips, gloves, helmets, jerseys, and shorts.
  • The Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs (OAAA) is hosting community bike events on May 22nd, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lincoln Park; and June 12th, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Washington Park. Organizers, including DreamBikes, will be giving out hundreds of free bikes at each event. There will also be bike lessons for kids, demos on how to use a MCTS bus bike rack, and other informational booths and giveaways. Please monitor OAAA’s Facebook page for more details.

The bikes that MCTS donated to DreamBikes are ones that were left behind on our bike racks throughout the year and were never claimed by their owners. MCTS keeps bikes for at least 14 days (but in reality, we keep them even longer) to give owners plenty of time to call our Lost and Found hotline (414-937-3206). A few times per year, if bikes remain unclaimed, MCTS donates them to local nonprofits, including DreamBikes.