About Us

Who We Are

We are a group of volunteers bringing together the diverse population of New Brunswick to support a healthier and more active community. Volunteers come from all walks of life, from local residents to undergraduates to cycling enthusiasts from the surrounding area.

Mission

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 repair and refurbish donated bicycles and recirculate them back into the community.

Our History

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.

What is the New Brunswick Bike Exchange

What is the New Brunswick Bike Exchange

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.

 

Our Staff

Leighann Kimber, Director and Program Coordinator
Volunteer since inception- 2013 
 
Nelson Bayas, Mechanic, Shop Manager
Volunteer since 2015
An IT Analyst by day, Nelson splits his free nights between wrenching at the Bike Exchange and playing drums with his band. Nelson is an avid cyclist who rides his bike to work at least 2 days a week and all year around. From time to time, Nelson participates on rides for charity and organized rides; and races an occasional triathlon.  Nelson also has an affinity for travel near and far and exploring the local culture, foods, and drinks. “The best way to experience any city is by riding a bike to get around” is his philosophy. 
 
Harv Moy, Mechanic, Volunteer Educator, Website Administrator
Volunteer since 2016
In addition to his work with the New Brunswick Bike Exchange, Harv volunteers as a Tour Marshal, Marshal Captain, or SAG Coordinator providing mechanical support and accident response to recreational and fundraising bike tours in our tri-state area that include: 
– National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS NYC Tour
– Bike New York’s Five Boro Bike Tour, Discover Hudson Valley Ride, and Twin Lights Ride 
– The Townships of Edison & Metuchen’s Mayor’s Bike Tour
– Transportation Alternative’s NYC Century Bike Tour, Tour de Brooklyn, Tour de Staten Island, and Tour de Queens  
– Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Epic Ride
– American Cancer Society’s George Washington Bridge Challenge, 
– Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity Bike Tour
Harv is also the Program Facilitator for Highland Park’s Adult Volleyball Programs.
 
Ricky George, Mechanic
Volunteer since 2017

 

Our YouTube intro:

About The New Brunswick Bike Exchange

 

Stats (Since our opening in May 2013 through May 2015)

  • Bikes Sold:  850
  • Money raised for PRAB: $16,000

 

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