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Re: bicycle donations

Posted by Carol Lopez on March 3, 2013, 11:34 am, in reply to "bicycle donations "

Thanks, Darrell, and Jacqueline, for this great intiative. Yes, I can
add a few things:

- the environmental and health benefits of having bicycles available for more tourists,
and, later, more local people are immeasurable...picture La Manzanilla
like a village in China - scores of 'bici's'
whirring silently by - sounds and looks good to me!

- it's also a good idea to bring
a strong lock - not so easy to get one here

-when I brought my bike
down, I flew by Alaska Airlines, who, by the way, didn't have the Humanitarian
Aid policy, so I paid $50 extra for the oversize box...and I stuffed it
with other household goods - it held a lot - it weighed over 50 pounds; however,
they just charge the flat
$50 extra as either the oversize or the overweight - not for as long
as the package remains manageable for you and your driver, it can be
overweight, too, for only the one $50 charge. That is still such a good deal
compared to shipping a bike and other goods by UPS, where you have to pay a
lot more, deal with more stringent customs, etc.

- one more thing: Don't
forget a wheelchair can fly free, and is also a good thing to donate. They are
sometimes available at Value Village, etc.

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