In October, 2001 the community of Letcher donated used bicycles to the
Pedal Power from the Pen Program. They were collected by Roger Triebwasser.
Here is some information about that program.
Pedal Power from the Pen is a program started at the Mike Durfee State
Prison in Springfield, South Dakota in 1997. The Program receives its bicycles
from Law Enforcement agencies, private citizens and citizen groups that collect
bikes and tricycles from residents in South Dakota communities.
The bicycles, tricycles and wagons are received at the Mike Durfee State
Prison, where a crew of inmates, supervised by a staff member, refurbishes them.
The bicycles may receive new tires or rims, seats, cables, gears and/or paint.
Prior to leaving the facility, each bike is given a test run to ensure trouble
When the bikes are completed, they are given to law enforcement agencies or
charitable organizations around the State of South Dakota. These agencies are
then given the task of providing them to children who, for whatever reason,
cannot afford or do not have a bicycle.
The largest contributors to the success of the Pedal Power are the
Sioux Falls Police Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol Law
Enforcement Appreciation Dinner and Fund Raiser, and Roger and Jerry
Triebwasser. The Sioux Falls Police Department has donated thousands of
bicycles, the Highway Patrol has contributed $6,000 over the past three
years, and Roger and Jerry have collected over five hundred bikes for the
The single largest bicycle giveaway is at the South Dakota Highway Patrol
Dinner held in November each year. In 2001, over three hundred bicycles will
be distributed through law enforcement officers. In addition to those bikes,
the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association has donated three hundred
safety helmets that will be provided with the bicycles.
As of October 24, 2001, a total of 2,532 bicycles and tricycles have been
refurbished and distributed to happy South Dakota children. The Program grew
from distributing 37 bikes in 1997 to 201 in 1998. In 1999, 697 bikes were
given away. In the year 2000, 972. So far this year, 362 have been given homes
to excited kids.