This is a 5 km round trip to the Coliseum Medical Centers, which overlook the Ocmulgee River and Interstate-16 east of Macon, in the Beall's Hill neighborhood.

Kelvin Hughes had to travel this route every day to get to the Coliseum. He could not take the buses from the Macon Transit Authority because he had to be at work before the buses would work. Re-Cycle Macon offered him an alternative.

"The fact that he was able to ride a bike and get to work greatly reduced his commute time between him and his job," said Eric Mayle, executive director of Centenary Community Ministries. "It's a small thing, but it was a great help for him and his family, so we were very happy to have been able to fill that gap for him."

Re-Cycle Macon is a program provided by the centennial ministries of the community that receives donations of bicycles and gives them to people in need of transportation.

"We have old bikes. We are repairing them and then giving them to community members in exchange for a few hours of community service with our organization, "said Mayle.

To obtain the bikes, program participants are required to complete the hours of service by working for Centenary, a non-profit organization founded by the Centenary United Methodist Church that focuses on developing sustainable communities.

Nancy Floyd received her bike on Tuesday with Ulysses Veal after completing their hours of service.

"Instead of walking everywhere, I will be more mobile and I can go much further than my two legs can take me," Floyd said. "I like it, it's going to go vroom vroom, it's my car."

Veal said that Re-Cycle Macon is an excellent program for unemployed people who need transportation.

"You feel able to win the bike instead of someone giving it to you," he said. "It will be better than walkin ', walkin', walkin ', walkin'."

Mayle said that Re-Cycle Macon had started with a grant obtained by being selected as one of 8 champions from 80 emerging cities. the Chevalier Foundation supports 8 80 Cities, a non-profit organization that aims to improve mobility and create a community in cities through financial investments.

Mayle said Re-Cycle Macon had recently received a Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Revolving Grant to expand the program and create a community between people with and without disabilities.

Mayle said that they thought that bicycles would be a useful way to supplement the existing public transit system because people can put their bike in front of buses.

"We considered cycling as a useful means of transportation to help them get from point A to point B," he said. "We want to help people in this way to access the services they need."

Recycle Macon will hold its first community meeting on January 31st at 6pm. in the hall of the companionship of the church. It will be an information session on the program and how to get involved.

Mayle said it would be the first monthly meeting with a Bike Tech mechanic, who would work to get the bikes ready for distribution. Bike Tech, a bike shop, associates with Re-Cycle Macon to repair damaged bikes.

"There are many ways to get involved," said Mayle. "Even if you are not qualified as a mechanic, we need your help and support. We hope that people will come together to meet the bike and create a community, connect with people from diverse backgrounds of our city and come meet someone they've never met before. .