The Adopt-a-Bike program was organized by the Lake Region Resource Conservation and Development Council in 1999 by Don Stottlemire, Lake Region RC&D President and Franklin County Commissioner

Since that time, through partnership with Lake Region Solid Waste Authority and Ellsworth Correctional Facility, the Adopt-a-Bike program has donated thousands of bikes to children and adults throughout the six Lake Region counties; Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami, and Osage counties.

Broken and unwanted bicycles are collected at drop off sites in participating Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Linn counties. The bicycles are then transported to Ellsworth Correctional Facility where salvageable parts are stripped from the donated bikes and assembled into sturdy, functional bikes available to be adopted out into the community.

The participating drop off locations for unwanted bicycles are located at the landfills and transfer stations in the following counties: Anderson, Coffey, Linn, and Franklin.

Don Stottlemire and Mark Peters delivering bikes adopted out by residents of My Father's House in Paola

Lake Region RC&D

P.O. Box 220
Ottawa, KS 66067

2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Adopt-A Bike Program!

Helmets donated by Modern Woodmen of American