Who We Are
We are a group of volunteers serving Middlesex County in support of a healthier and more active community. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, from local residents to undergraduates at nearby Rutgers University, to cycling enthusiasts from the surrounding area.
Our mission is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through cycling while raising money to support PRAB’s various community services. To achieve this mission, Bike Exchange volunteers pick up, repair and refurbish donated bicycles, and recirculate them back into the community. Essentially, we make cycling more affordable/accessible, promote a healthier and more active lifestyle, keep unwanted bikes from choking our landfills, and help fund essential community services.
The New Brunswick Bike Exchange is the product of hard work and thoughtful connections. In the summer of 2012, cycling advocate Gerald Fittipaldi approached Russ White, founder of the Trenton Bike Exchange and godfather to them all, about the possibility of starting one in New Brunswick. The idea was brought to Jeffrey Vega, President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, who recognized the benefits that the Bike Exchange model would bring to New Brunswick. Jeffrey and NBT were instrumental in the early planning of the NBBE, bringing together Russ, Gerald, and Mario Vargas at PRAB and offering advice on recruitment.
When Gerald had to relocate to Washington DC, he tapped Brian Stromberg to act as the new coordinator. Together with Julio Garcia, Director of Operations at PRAB, Brian began the work of recruitment and planning in the fall of 2012. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy had other plans. Facilities damage from the hurricane and the use of the warehouse for Sandy relief operations delayed any meaningful progress until the spring. Recruitment of volunteers and the improvements to the facilities resumed in April 2013 and by June the NBBE was ready to open, due in large part to the efforts of a devoted core of volunteers and the dedication of PRAB. Brian left the area soon after the opening, and Leighann Kimber has been directing the Exchange since then.
Harv is also the Program Facilitator for Highland Park’s Adult Volleyball Programs.
Volunteer since 2017
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Stats (Since our opening in May 2013 through May 2015)
- Bikes Sold: 850+
- Money raised for PRAB: $16,000