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Giant Partners With Houston Bicycling Groups To ‘Keep Houston Rolling’


Giant Donates 200 Bikes and Lights for Houston residents who lost vehicles to Hurricane Harvey flooding

Giant USA has donated 200 Momentum Park bikes that come equipped with a headlight and taillight to the Keep Houston Rolling program, designed to give bikes to Houstonians who lost their vehicles or were displaced due to citywide flooding following Hurricane Harvey. Flooding destroyed an estimated one million vehicles across Houston, leaving many Houstonians without reliable transportation. Houston Bike Share, the operators of the Houston BCycle system, have partnered with BikeHouston, Freewheels Houston and Rice Bikes to “Keep Houston Rolling.” These four unique cycling organizations are collecting bike donations and accepting applications from flood victims to place each donated bike in the hands of a Houstonian in need.  Giant USA’s 200-bike donation is kicking off the program.

"We want to help Houston as it recovers and rebuilds from Hurricane Harvey,” said John “JT” Thompson, Giant Bicycle USA General Manager. “For the folks who receive them, these will play a major role in moving through this massive challenge. We're partnering with 'Keep Houston Rolling' and our Houston area retailers who will be helping with the bike builds to provide sustainable mobility solutions in this time of great need. Our family includes anyone who rides a bike and we’re honored to deliver transportation to people who need it most." 

The Momentum Park is well-suited for the Keep Houston Rolling project; it’s designed to put riders in a relaxed, foot-forward pedaling position and is easy for anyone to ride. Bike mechanics with the Houston Bike Share team and Rice Bikes will also be assisting with bike builds and repairs on donated bikes.

“Our goal is to distribute at least 500 free bikes to Houstonians in need by the end of September and over 1,000 bikes by October 31st”, says Houston Bike Share’s Executive Director, Carter Stern. 

An application for a bike is available for flood victims at https://houston.bcycle.com/about/keep-houston-rolling or you can apply in-person at the Houston Bike Share headquarters at 407 Velasco Street, Houston, TX 77006, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Thursday, September 21, 2017