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Help the Boise Bicycle Project win $250,000

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on September 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:07 PM

Have you heard of the Boise Bicycle Project?

It's an amazing non-profit organization that recycles used bikes and gives them to people in our community who are in need. In the past three years, BBP volunteers have fixed & then donated over 800 bikes. Many of the bikes are given to kids, some are given to refugees who don't have transportation. They also teach people in our community about bike repair and bike safety. The people who started it (see pic below) have been featured as "7's Heroes" in the past here on KTVB. I've met these guys, and you know what? They really care!

Brian Anderson and Jimmy Hallyburton - BBP Founders

Right now, the BBP has a shot at $250,000 to help grow and sustain their efforts! BUT, they need your help to win that money.
Jimmy Hallyburton, one of the guys behind BBP sent me an email to ask for help... and I wanted to share it with you on my BLOG today.


You may have heard, but Boise Bicycle Project is in the running for $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project. It's a national competition that awards money to charitable projects and is determined by daily voting. Right now we are 81st out of about 200. 

We think we can win this, but only if all of Idaho has our backs. We want to show everyone what our great state can do, and make a statement, that Boise/Idaho goes to bat for their community!

The Boise Bicycle Project operates out of an old auto repair shop, but instead of fixing cars, BBP recycles bikes. Our volunteers have literally rescued thousands of bikes destined for the landfill, & put them back on the streets in the hands of folks who desperately need them. We want to make sure this asset to the community keeps RECYCLING BIKES FOREVER.

The plan:

*Buy the building

*Add a 1000 square foot learning center for at-risk youth

*Remodel (green) the existing building w/ sky tubes, insulated garage doors, solar panels, a living roof, & a rain H2O system


Thanks for the help, we really appreciate it.


Jimmy Hallyburton
Executive Director of Operations
Boise Bicycle Project

If you want to help the BBP achieve these goals, it's easy to vote - you can text 102464 to 73774 or go to