Need a new bike? Maybe the NCES can help…

Bike to Work Week is looming on the horizon and the North Columbia Environmental Society wants to encourage as many people as possible to pedal their way through the say by offering — for free — 13 refurbished bikes to the individuals who can best justify getting them.

Of course, it will help if you’re literate as you’ll have to sharpen up your pencil and explain, in writing, why you deserve one of the bikes.

The rules (click here to see the official NCES poster) ask would be new bike owners to send is” a 300-word story stating why you need a bike. Include your name, age, height (to match you to a bike), e-mail and phone number.”

Applications must be sent to with the subject header: Bike to Work Week Contest by Tuesday, May 25.