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Wausau recycled bike program helps hundreds who can't get to work

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- People who need a way to get to work are getting some help through recycled bikes.

The Neighbor's Place in Wausau is trying to help.

"We directed this program at work employment because in order for people to become self-sufficient, they need to be able to have transportation to work," said Kathy Rubino, the director of donations at The Neighbor's Place.

"Wheels Again" is a program that gives recycled bikes to people with no other way to get around.

Shane Neumann of Wausau got his bike three months ago.

"It's a mountain bike. It's fairly new and it was almost brand new when I got it," he said. "They had a few nice ones and I got to pick mine out."

Neumann says it's changed his life.

"It was kind of hard, kind of horrible for me, but once I got the bike, it made life easier for me," he said.

Now, Neumann can't imagine life without it.

"I depend on a bicycle because I don't have a vehicle so I do everything on my bike," he said.

He's just one of the more than 200 people program directors say have been helped. But they say they can't do it alone.

"This community's just ever so generous with whatever the needs are in the community," Rubino said.

The program depends on that kindness. Rubino says all the bikes come from independent donations and bike drives.

And it's not just bikes. Fifty bike locks were donated just this week.

"That's one expense they don't have to worry about in terms of now that they've got a bike, what about the lock?" said Rubino.

"Wheels Again" is a program that's making an impact.

"Getting people back to work is the main thing," Rubino said.\

If you're in need of a bike or have one you'd like to donate, contact The Neighbor's Place.
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