Belmont Campus Security, in partnership with Residence Life and Facilities Maintenance Services, recently donated 45 bikes to the Edgehill Bike Club, an organization in the Edgehill neighborhood that aims to provide free bicycles to local children. The partnership has been in place for two years, and this year’s donation is the largest yet.
Security gathers the donation by collecting abandoned or forgotten bikes from racks across campus at the end of the summer. After sending out several notifications to current students in an effort for bikes to be reclaimed, the team donates the ones that have been left behind to the Bike Club.
Created in 2013 by Terry Key to create crime-free communities, the Edgehill Bike Club “seeks to change lives one child at a time by combining the refurbishing of bikes with regular bikes rallies and mentoring.” Key seeks to achieve the Club’s goals by educating and inspiring children and families living in disadvantaged neighborhoods through providing active community-based programming.
Belmont Campus Security Captain Louis Mills said the opportunity to donate the bikes is a positive experience for everyone — including his officers. With bike officers included as an active part of Belmont’s fleet, Mills and the rest of his team enjoy cycling, themselves. The opportunity to partner with another cycling organization is exciting. “We enjoy working with Mr. Key and the community to put bikes in the hands of our neighbors,” Mills said. “With several bike officers across our campus, we are happy to share our love of cycling with others.”