The Dundee Chain Gang, a bicycling club, will donate $1,100 and two used bike racks to the Omaha Police Department's bicycle patrol at a 10 a.m. ceremony today at the Bike Rack's Omaha store at 14510 Eagle Run Drive in Omaha.
Last month, lifelong cyclist and bike advocate Kurt Goetzinger learned that the Omaha Police Department's Bike Patrol was in need of a vehicle bike rack. He reached out to Craig Kelley of the Dundee Chain Gang Cycling Club, who emailed members with a request. Donations came pouring in.
“Within minutes, we had a bike rack donated,” said Goetzinger.
But the Dundee Chain Gang didn't stop there — dozens of members donated additional items and cash to support the bike patrol.The Bike Rack is selling the needed items at a “deeply discounted price,” Goetzinger said.
The Police Department's bike patrol has presented bike rodeos to teach children riding safety skills, has helped the National Safety Council with their popular CycleFest events and has given certificates for free ice cream to children wearing bike helmets while riding.
“Omaha cyclists remember all the great things our cops do for our sport — and we wanted to give back to their bike patrol,” Kelley said. “I was humbled but not surprised that our club would quickly step up to outfit their needs.”