Essential Bikes

"We don't need a "reason" to help other people, it is part of our culture and belief here.  We know we are making a difference by donating Essential Bikes" 
-Cherlyn White-Conklin
Marketing, Bank of Flint Hills  


Green Apple Bikes was established to bring the community an amenity seen in larger towns.  Volunteers  have identified a transportation need in Manhattan.   To serve the needs of the Manhattan community a new  program was established :  Essential Bikes.  

Studies show Green Apple Bikes are used for the following:
  • To and from work
  • Grocery Shopping
  • To and from school
  • Job interviews 
  • Quick Errands across town 
How it works 

Essential Bikes donates bicycles to riders identified through pre-determined requirements. 
  • Identify rider 
  • Personally contact and learn about the riders needs
  • Determine willingness to care for a donated bike
  • Work with employer or social services to vet adoptee
  • Coordinate delivery of bike 
  • Solicit shop quality bikes from local  citizens and bike shops
  • Solicit donations of $125

Donations can be made in two ways:
  • Pledging $125
  • Donating Bicycles
$125  provides $75 for initial maintenance and $50 to maintain the bicycle for the year.  
  1. Contact the Director

The Green Apple Bikes Fund has been established at Greater Manhattan Community Foundation to support the Essential Bikes program. To make a gift to this fund, please make checks payable to GMCF with Green Apple Bikes Fund in the memo line and mail to GMCF, 555 Poyntz Ave., Suite 269, Manhattan, KS 66502. Or click the link above to make a donation.  

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