BY THE BUREAU OF SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Since June 2022, Baltimore County and its vendor Bamiria, Inc. has reclaimed nearly 2,000 bikes, weighing approximately 40,000 pounds. Bamiria works with local bicycle reuse organizations to distribute bikes to those in need. They also distribute surplus bikes to communities in Mali where bikes are a principle form of transportation. The County accepts bicycles at all three Residential Drop Off Centers, or RDOCs.
In addition to the bicycle re-use program, Bamiria and its founder Evan Mickels aka “The Junkyard Dog” connects local residents and Malian people with other donated goods from other outlets. He manages a ‘Bike Doctor’ program which periodically teaches local students to fix their own bikes. He has also has been responsible for construction and rehabilitation of schools and orphanages, and he has even connected Malian students with refurbished laptops and tablets.