Passionate Volunteers Keep BikesPlus Pedaling Along

Updated: July 12, 2019 06:32 PM

Eldon Eagle has been fixing up old bikes for years. It took over his basement and his daughter's garage. But now, he has work space at the Damiano Center in Duluth. 

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He and another volunteer, Skott Nielsen, shared more about their passion for pedaling on Friday. They both enjoy being active, and checking out the scenery of places like the North Shore and the Munger Trail.

It's their help that makes the BikesPlus program such a success. The BikesPlus program is run by Community Action Duluth. It helps people who don't have their driver's license, a car, or access to reliable transportation.  That includes folks right out of prison. And there are opportunities for kids. 

Funding comes from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. But they needed more. So Skott and a few others formed a group, and they've gotten the help of Continental Ski and Bike. "Bill Howard has stepped forward and is helping us with parts, energy, and fundraising. He's a real boon for us," Nielsen said.

Eagle teared up a bit when he spoke about the people who are grateful. "They are truly moved," he said.

As for donations, adult size bikes are in more demand right now. If you want to donate a bike to the BikesPlus program, click here:

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