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Cedar Rapids group gathers bikes, works to make city more green

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A Cedar Rapids group is working to make Eastern Iowa more green by saving bicycles from landfills.

The NewBo Bike Collective is a not-for-profit group that recycles bikes. The not-for-profit fixes the bikes up and re-sells them or will sell just the parts. Sometimes they turn the bikes into artwork.

The group also holds educational classes to teach others how to maintain their bicycles in an effort to get more people out of four wheels on onto two.

"(We) try to encourage people to think more green and to recycle, re-purpose, reuse," said Jim Jacobmeyer, NewBo Bike Collective. 

Sunday the group held a benefit at the NewBo City Market to pay for their classes.

There are similar organizations in Waterloo and Dubuque and there's a bike library in Iowa City.

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