A surprisingly massive recycling project was born on
Earth Day 2000 when Ardmore’s Maria Wilkinson saw a repairable bicycle
discarded by a dumpster, slated for the crusher. In short order, she
had contacted the Optimist Club, become a member, and immediately
started them on a bike repair project.
About 40 bikes were collected over the summer and news stories
brought in even more bikes and volunteers from all segments of the
community, ranging in age from 7 to 80. Maria’s project now has expanded its work space and
has volunteers working twice a week all long to keep up with the
The project so impressed bicycle-maker Huffy in February that
the company donated half a semi load of parts that was delivered 1,100
miles to Ardmore at no cost on a Wal-Mart truck. Our judges called
Maria’s work “magnificent” and said she has put “a human face on the
reclamation of a ‘waste’ product.” MARIA WILKINSON PEDDLES GOOD DEEDS AND GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ENVIRONMENT!
Posted on 05/01/2001
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under