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Donate a Used Bike. Get $50 Off a New PUBLIC Bike.


Donate a Vintage Bike, Get $50 Off a PUBLIC


PUBLIC will give you $50 off a new bike when you donate a used bike to any US-based Community Bicycle Organization. We like to show our appreciation for volunteer-run nonprofits that teach people how to fix bicycles, recycle bicycles and parts, and/or provide services and bicycles to kids or underserved communities. Check out this list of US-based Community Bicycle Organizations.


BIKE DONATION PROGRAM - Valid through July 31, 2011

To redeem your $50 discount, you must demonstrate proof of your bike donation. Make sure you get a donation receipt with your name on it from the nonprofit. When you place your PUBLIC bike order online, enter PROMO: DONATE, and either fax the charitable donation receipt to 415-896-5157, or email the scanned donation receipt to donate@publicbikes.com. We will remove the $50 after we receive your donation receipt. Only one $50 bike donation discount can be applied per new PUBLIC bike.


Community Bicycle Organizations often need to be selective. It is entirely up to the volunteers or staff of each Community Bicycle Organization whether or not they accept your bike donation. If they don't, please be nice about it. It's nothing personal - your bike may not have the parts they need.  Our bike donation promotion encourages only valuable bike donations. Please do not dump an old bike that will not be useful to the nonprofit. The better the condition of your used bike, the more likely the nonprofit will accept it.

In the Bay Area, we're supporting two outstanding organizations - SF-based The Bike Kitchen and Marin-based Trips for Kids.


The Bike Kitchen

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit, do-it-yourself community bike shop in San Francisco. Bike Kitchen members learn to build or fix their own bikes, using the Bike Kitchen’s tools, parts, and the expertise of volunteer mechanics. The Bike Kitchen, located on 650H Florida between 17th and 18th, will either sell these bikes to support its operations, or have members fix them up for their own use. Since they only have so much room, they can only accept certain types and conditions of used bikes that their members actually want. If you have a bike you think the Bike Kitchen could use, bring it by during their open hours (Tue, Wed, Thu 6-9pm; Sat noon-5pm) and find a mechanic in a red apron.



Bikes they might accept are:

  • Road bikes
  • Mountain bikes
  • In good condition, even if not completely ridable

Bikes they probably won’t accept are:

  • Kids' bikes
  • BMX bikes
  • Beach cruisers
  • Department store brands like Huffy, Magna, and late-model Schwinns
  • Very rusty bikes
  • Bikes that have obviously been to Burning Man
  • (covered in tell-tale playa dust)

Trips for Kids

Trips for Kids has opened the world of cycling to over 79,000 at-risk youth since 1988 through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. The 75 Trips For Kids chapters they support combine lessons in confidence building, achievement and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills, and the simple act of having fun. The largest chapter is in Marin County and serves about 2,000 kids per year. Most of the funds to operate the Trips for Kids programs are generated by their bike thrift shop, Re-Cyclery. The Trips for Kids office and Re-Cyclery is located at 610 4th Street in San Rafael 94901. Bikes donated will either be sold to support its operations, or available for the kids to earn in their earn--bike programs.


Bikes they might accept are:

  • Most kinds of bicycles in good condition even if not completely ridable

Bikes they probably won’t accept are:

  • Adult-children's department store bike; e.g. Huffy, Magna, JC Panny, Pacific, or Next brands
  • Any scooter, plastic tricycles, "Big Wheels" or wheeled bike made completely out of plastic
  • Bikes stored outdoors and rusted


The Bike Kitchen


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Trips for Kids and Re-Cyclery


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