Community Cycles Secures Spots in Two State of Colorado Programs

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Community Cycles is proud and pleased to announce our acceptance into two programs with the State of Colorado that reflect our commitment to sustainability and a healthier planet.

NextCycle Colorado

Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that we have been accepted into the NextCycle Colorado program! NextCycle Colorado empowers innovators like us to tackle environmental challenges and drive recycling and composting initiatives across the state of Colorado. From cutting-edge technology to community-driven solutions, we can’t wait to dive in and make a positive impact. Let’s work together to build a greener, more resilient future for Colorado and beyond!

One of the exciting aspects of our involvement in this program is exploring the development of emerging markets, like e-bikes. Used e-bikes are being sold and discarded. There will be a market for reusing and recycling e-bikes and their components, such as lithium batteries. We’ll also concentrate on increasing and streamlining our processes for ‘regular’ bike reuse and recycling of metal, plastics, rubber and more.

Worldwide 15 million bikes are discarded annually, many of which end up in landfills. We are already a leader in the Boulder area to curb bikes in our waste stream. There’s a lot more we can do with the resources provided by this program.

Our statewide waste diversion goals aim to more than double the state’s current recycling rate to 45 percent by 2036. NextCycle helps the state reach its waste diversion goal by catalyzing recycling and recovery end-market growth while simultaneously creating jobs, increasing tax revenue, and improving Colorado’s environment.

Community Access to Electric Bicycles Grant Program

The Community Access to Electric Bicycles Grant Program (CAEB) has again selected Community Cycles to be a part of their program for 2024. We were part of the pilot program in 2021 and chosen for the first grant round in 2023. Between all three programs, that’s a total of 146 e-bikes and 50 Boulder BCycle bike share passes given to low-income folks in Boulder County.

This year’s program will focus on residents of four Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) sites. It will meet the goals of the CAEB program to increase access to eBikes for income-qualified individuals, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and close a gap in eBike access by bringing access to residents in a new geographic area.

It is an honor for the recognition for our dedication to making a positive impact on the environment

As we embark on this exciting journey, we express gratitude to our community for supporting us in our sustainability endeavors. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the environment and create a future that is cleaner, healthier, and sustainable.

Stay tuned for more updates on our bike and e-bike recycling programs. Our initiatives aim to preserve our planet for future generations. Thank you for being part of Community Cycles’ commitment to a greener tomorrow.