Earlier this month, Carter Risse, from Flemington, NJ and a member of Boy Scout Troup 186 in Three Bridges, NJ, collected 200 bikes for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange as part of his efforts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
More than 1,000 flyers were distributed to friends, neighbors and the community to build awareness. Carter and his father, Steve Risse, collected the bikes from individuals and stored them in their garage and were delivered them to the Bike Exchange on June 6, 2017.
The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County Bike Exchange, located in the Capitol Plaza shopping center at 1500 N. Olden Avenue in Ewing, collects, repairs and sells bikes that have been donated from individuals across the region. Since its founding in 2009, the Bike Exchange has sold more than 14,700 bikes and raised more than $700,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. A second location is now open at the Spruce Street Community Center at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrence.
Anyone can purchase a refurbished bike in good condition at the Bike Exchange. The Bike Exchange has a wide variety of bikes for sale, including basic kids bikes with training wheels, bikes for kids of all ages and bikes for adults, including road bikes, hybrid and mountain bikes. Hours at both locations are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00PM – 7:45 PM, and Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County provides more than 2,600 young people each year, ages 5-18, with academic enrichment and recreational activities through after-school, weekend and summer programs in our Trenton and Lawrence locations. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcmercer.org.