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Annie’s Ace Hardware Collecting Old Bikes and Sewing Machines on June 10th

June 1, 2017

Annie’s ACE Hardware is participating for a third year in a row in the collection of old bicycles and sewing machines on June 10th for Bikes for the World. Both Annie’s Petworth and Brookland locations are participating. Below are the details from Annie’s.

Annies ACE Hardware is hosting a bike collection for Bikes for the World (BFTW) and is offering a free $20 gift card for each adult bike donated.

BFTW is a DC-based organization that has collected and distributed 125,000 bikes to 20 countries in the past 10 years.  BFTW’s mission is to make quality used bicycles and parts affordable and available to lower income people and select institutions in developing countries, to enhance their lives and livelihoods through better transport.  It also works to generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas, and to provide satisfying environmental and humanitarian community service opportunities for volunteers in the United States.

This year Annies ACE will host BFTW collections June 10 at both of their DC stores (see below)  What we will collect:

  • Any serviceable complete (or nearly-complete) bicycle, adult or children’s, accompanied by a suggested $10 per bike donation to help defray a share of the costs in getting bikes to quality programs overseas and get information back for donors and the public. Flat tires or a missing seat or pedal is ok. (No rust-buckets or big wheels please.
  • Usable bicycle SPARE PARTS and components, including tubes, tires, wheels, chains, pedals, saddles, cables, and mountain bike handlebars·
  • We also collect good-quality metal portable sewing machines in working order, or close to it.

Annie’s locations, dates, and times:

Annie’s ACE Hardware-Petworth
Address: 1240 Upshur St NW, Washington DC 20011
Date & Time: June 10, 10am – 2pm
Contact: Harvey: ollis2010(at)gmail(dot)com  or 240-418-8791

Annie’s ACE Hardware-Brookland
Address: 3405 8th St NE, Washington DC 20017
Date & Time: June 10, 9am – 12pm
Contact: Harvey: ollis2010(at)gmail(dot)com or 240-418-8791

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Annie’s Ace Hardware Collecting Old Bikes and Sewing Machines on May 14th

May 10, 2016

Annie’s ACE Hardware is participating in a collection of old bicycles and sewing machines on May 14th for Bikes for the World. Both Annie’s Petworth and Brookland locations are participating. See flyer below for additional details.

Annies bikes for the world 2016

Thriving 3600 Block of Georgia Avenue Needs More Bike Racks

May 30, 2013
Bike racks near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge continue to be in high demand.

Bike racks near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge continue to be in high demand.

It seems like only yesterday that I was working with DDOT to bring more bike racks to the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue, but in reviewing my notes it was actually in December 2011 that this need was last addressed with additional racks installed in June 2012. Here we are nearly a year later and despite the additional racks installed last year the area near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge still doesn’t have adequate capacity for those who choose to bike to the area.

In contacting DDOT on behalf of the businesses, I’ve learned that there is a possibility that additional bike racks could be available as early as mid-June. So, I’ll be meeting with a representative of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, who is the bike rack contractor for DDOT, to walk the block next week and evaluate how many additional bike racks can be added and where.

For those who have traveled to the area frequently by bike, I’d be interested in hearing your experiences with the bike racks there. How often have you had to lock your bike to something other than the racks and, ideally, how many more racks do you think would be adequate for the volume?

Additional Bike Rack News

December 21, 2011

The new bike racks on Georgia Avenue have been taking a fair amount of my time lately, so I thought I should post a quick update on where things are headed since my meeting with the Great Streets crew on Monday morning. The most significant change I was able to get incorporated into the plan is to increase the bike racks from four to eight in the area between Looking Glass Lounge and the future DC Reynolds. A bank of four are currently outside of Looking Glass. Another bank of four will be added a few doors south. Additionally, a trash can will be installed in the area of Manny & Olga’s.

On the east side of Georgia a few of the bike racks will be installed parallel with Georgia to maximize sidewalk space since that side tends to be narrower than the west side.

The bike racks at CVS were installed too close to the railing behind them to make they optimally useful

In response to feedback I’ve received from residents — and a bit more of a challenge — I’ve begun talking to CVS to see if they will reset the racks located just outside of their store at 3642 Georgia. As I’ve been made aware, they were installed too close to the rail behind them for them to be optimally useful.

Lastly, and entirely unrelated to Georgia Avenue, I noticed when I returned to the neighborhood yesterday that there were two new bike racks installed on Rock Creek Church Road, just east of Warder, outside of the Rock Creek Market.

New bike racks located outside of the Rock Creek Market (Warder and Rock Creek Church Road)


More Bike Racks Coming to Georgia Avenue — Where Are They Needed?

December 16, 2011

As I reported at the start of the week, quite a number of new bike racks were installed last week on the section of Georgia Avenue between New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place. In following up with DDOT and the Great Streets team, I’ve learned that more bike racks are coming as well as trash cans and benches. I believe that we can also get some of the current bike racks moved if they need to be.

Below are the maps for Georgia Avenue showing the area between New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW. Bike racks circled in blue have already been installed, those circled in red are yet to be installed. I’m posting them here to better learn where residents and business owners would like to see them installed.


Georgia Avenue Gets More Bike Racks

December 12, 2011

The section of Georgia Avenue north of Otis Place received several new bike racks at the end of last week. There were several outside of the Looking Glass, a few outside of the Fishermen of Men Church, and a slew on the block between King’s Deli and Ace Check Cashing.

All of these racks are part of the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets improvements. While I’m grateful that we finally have much needed bike racks on this stretch, especially in the area around Looking Glass, Blue Banana, and the future DC Reynolds … I’m a bit disappointed that all that was installed are the basic black racks.

To me, while the basic racks are ok, they aren’t great — and this was a “Great Streets” project. I would have preferred something more artistic and special for Georgia Avenue. I don’t think that would have been too much to expect since DDOT has worked with local artists to develop special bike racks for other parts of the city including Eastern Market, Chinatown, and other locations around the city. To me, Georgia Avenue deserves no less.

Some of the artistic bike racks DDOT introduced in 2009


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