The launch of this initiative was made earlier this year (2023), with the goal of providing an inexpensive and convenient way for Asylum Seekers to access the services they need to get settled and acclimated in their new homes. Since then, Bike New York received bike donations from New Yorkers across city-wide drop-off locations provided by Unlimited Biking, Trek Bicycle, and NYC DCAS. The bikes were then refurbished through Bike New York’s community bike shop, Recycle-A-Bicycle, known for its work repairing and reselling donated bikes and bike parts. As the crisis continues, Bike New York is continuing efforts to raise essential dollars and engage new partners in this critical program. Bike New York has promised to donate 200 refurbished bikes to Asylum Seekers this summer. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will be distributing the bikes through five Asylum Seeker Resource Centers across the five boroughs.