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 inmates work to strip the salvageable parts from the donated bikes and assembled them into sturdy, refurbished, functional bikes. The program promotes environmental sustainability by eliminating the bicycles from ending up in the landfills. It is also community centered as the repurposed bikes are available to be adopted out into the community and increase participation in positive recreational activities.

Drop off locations for unwanted bicycles are located at the landfills and transfer stations in the following counties: Anderson, Coffey, Linn, and Franklin. Contact the Lake Region RC&D office or the LRSWA Regional Coordinator with any questions.

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


Applications to receive a bike can be submitted through the link below.

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

Helmets donated by Modern Woodmen of American