The Reliable Transportation Initiative

Helping our community
one bicycle at a time

The Reliable Transportation Initiative is a long-standing program that is at the core of the Cola Town Bike Collective’s mission, working to provide bicycles to folks in our community.

Working with partners who help us find the greatest need, bikes are given to individuals who lack reliable transportation to get back and forth from their jobs, grocery store, health services, or other vital needs. These bikes are donated by others in our community, which we then service, and provide them to a new owner at no cost.

In addition to offering the bicycles, the Cola Town Bike Collective will service and maintain these bikes to ensure that they are functional and safe for their users.

For every bike that we sell, we donate 4 back to the community.

For every paid repair, we make 5 free or low-cost repairs for those in need.

This program has helped countless people achieve a more stable living situation and has deeply embedded the Cola Town Bike Collective volunteers and staff as a vital resource for the Midlands community members that we serve.

Timothy, one of our favorite regulars has been coming to our shop for over 3 years to have his bikes serviced.
Mural on the front of the Cola Town Bike Collective building, with sign that reads "I can't breathe"
Scott fixing a bicycle for a little boy
Jacob helping a little girl fix her bicycle

Want to help?

Here are three ways you can contribute.

Purchase a bike from our existing inventory and donate it to Transitions Homeless Center at 2025 Main Street, just down the block from our shop.

Your monetary donations help us continue to serve our neighbors as a community bike shop. Donations help us keep the lights on, rent paid, and payroll current.

Volunteer your time and talents to help us rehab used bikes and provide service to our clients in need.

Some of our Charitable Partners

Transitions - The Journey Home Begins Here.
Fast Forward
Providence Home
Catholic Charities of South Carolina
Oliver Gospel
Lutheran Services of the Carolinas

2018-19

By the numbers

Scott working with a client on a bike repair

Volunteer Hours

2,130 Total Volunteer Hours

— Time valued at $53,250

Karl helping client with bike repair

Free Services

Provided 155 free bike services

Averaging $30 each

Valued at $4,650

Bike Frame

Donated Bikes

181 Adult Bikes
74 Kids Bikes

Valued at $23,195

Karl, David, and Scott working in the bike shop

Total Volunteers

15 excellent volunteers

Our youngest was 13 years old

Team member accepting bikes at a bike valet under a Cola Town Bike Collective tent

Free Bike Valet

Provided 8 Events with Free Bike Valet

Valued at $4,650

We are a Nonprofit

As a nonprofit our organization relies on community support. Use the links below to make a one-time donation and learn more about becoming a partner.

Make a Donation

Your donations help us continue to serve our neighbors as a community bike shop. Every dollar you donate works hard to help us help others.

Become a Sponsor

Corporate sponsorship provide long-term support in our mission throughout Midlands. The aid of these organizations have been vital to our success over the years.

Our Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Central Carolina Community Foundation
OSB - Outspokin' Bicycles