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Hometown Hero: New Standard Cycles, Savannah Bicycle Campaign Program

Published: Feb. 5, 2015 at 10:34 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2015 at 10:35 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Sometimes having a job isn't enough.

Having a way to get there can be just as important. One organization has not only been helping get people to work, but it has also been giving people a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.

Riding a bicycle to work is not only a right, but for many in Savannah, it can be an unfulfilled wish. Bicycling is already a great way to see the city, and it's already a great way of getting around, and New Standard Bicycles are trying to make it possible for the growing number of people who would ride to work if they could.

The Savannah Bicycle Campaign Program takes donated bikes, refurbishes and provides them to people who need reliable, safe transportation back and forth to work.

This can make all the difference in somebody's, where anything as simple as making it to work, to a job interview, to a doctor's appointment or even the grocery store. It can shorten commutes by up to an hour.

These bikes aren't just going to anyone who comes in off the street looking for a bike. There are for people who have a job and need transportation to that job, and New Standard Cycles is supplying them.

The Metropolitan Rotary Club has gotten behind New Standard Cycles with funding and volunteer work to help build the shop the program works out of.

“It's something that's both close to the hearts of our members, and also a great opportunity for us to have an effect on the community,” said Metropolitan Rotary Club President Robert McCorkle.

That effect has been on a personal level, giving individuals wheels, freedom and security.

“I think most people we have worked with, it has made a really big difference not necessarily in getting jobs but in getting to and from them,” McCorkle said. “It can shorten commutes by anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour if you depend on public transportation, which is sometimes not the easiest way around, although sometimes it's what you can do.”

For what they're doing, The Savannah Bicycle Campaign and New Standard Cycles are WTOC Hometown Heroes.

New Standard Cycles does not provide bikes directly to individuals. The program works through churches and nonprofit organizations that refer people in need of dependable transportation.

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