Kevin Ansel set out to just donate one bicycle a month. With students and campus bodies are helping out, it's more than four a month. Kevin and his wife, Ximenia, bike to work.
"Two years ago, Kevin Ansel noticed a lot of bicycles wasting away on [University of California, Irvine's] campus, their seats rotting in the sun as they stood tethered to bike racks. When students leave UCI, they sometimes abandon their bikes - believing it's not worth the effort to haul them home.
Ansel, UCI's interim director of student affairs IT strategic planning and an avid cyclist who logged 3,400 miles on his bike last year, couldn't bear the thought of perfectly good bikes being discarded.
"These bikes were going to waste, and I knew people could use them," he says. In September 2004, Ansel had an idea to refurbish the abandoned bikes and giving them to the homeless. His one-man repo effort has turned into a campuswide campaign to recycle cycles."
See: "Repo man." By Kathy Bold. Today@UCI, 05 Mar 2006.
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