About Bicycle Recycle Program

Find out what the Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program is all about:


We provide bicycles to students, families, kids, and anyone who needs a bicycle.  We maintain a bicycle repair shop, volunteers fix the bikes, and parts and supplies are purchased with funds from our bicycle sales and other donations.  Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 bikes have been repaired and donated to those in need.  

The bike donation program, started by member and long-time Golden resident Ted Rains more than 25 years ago, is unique to the Golden Optimists.  The program solicits donations of used bicycles from the community and local law enforcement. Volunteers refurbish the bikes and provide them to people who use them for transportation, fitness and fun. We offer helmets at no cost.  

The Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Our customers include people who are struggling to make ends meet; students, and veterans who need bicycles for transportation; kids who’ve outgrown their bicycles; and others. Those who can afford a bike are encouraged to make a donation based on their ability to pay, income which enables us to buy parts.

We donate repaired bicycles at an Arvada park dedication; and at the Golden Farmer’s Market, Jeffco Sheriff’s Bicycle Rodeo, and Christmas programs run by the Jeffco Action Center and Christian Action Guild. We also purchased a used three-wheeled bicycle for a disabled man at the request of the Golden Police Department. In 2018, we delivered 29 repaired bicycles to the Navajo Nation in Arizona.  We remained on the reservation for a couple of days to repair bicycles for local people. We plan to make a similar trips when we can.

We accept new or used bicycles…
Most of the bicycles that come into the program are used, unwanted and/or in disrepair. Our program provides an outlet for re-use and recycling.
SOURCES OF BIKES: The major sources of bicycles in 2015 were the Lakewood and Arvada Police departments, City of Golden and City of Arvada community clean-up days, Colorado Christian University, various bike shops, and the Jefferson County Sheriff. We also continued to get many donations from individuals.  Some are broken, some are in good condition (even almost new), and some are trade-ins as kids grow. Community support thorough these donations is amazing.

We accept gently used bikes of all types for both kids and adults that we’ll recycle and get back on the road! Please drop them off at our shop at 1200 Johnson Rd., Golden, CO, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday andThursday.

…to be fixed…
Bikes are at the shop to be repaired The Golden Optimists maintain a bike shop, volunteers fix the bikes, and parts and supplies are purchased with bicycle sales and other donations.

…and donated to those who want one.
A bicycle is available to any customer who wants a bicycle. We ask for a donation if you are able.  There is no required donation of time or money.

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