Newsday’s Jennifer Maloney On April 2, free bikes were distributed to those in need as part of the Workers Without Wheels event at the Congregational Church of Patchogue.
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The line formed behind Congregational Church of Patchogue before 8 a.m. Saturday: men and women chatting in English and Spanish, some greeting familiar faces from the Wednesday night soup kitchen.
Joselyn Bishop and José Luis Vazquez stood among them, smiling in the sunlight, waiting to be ushered into a gymnasium full of bicycles.
Workers Without Wheels—a one-day bike giveaway—was the first event of its kind at this church, and the brainchild of the Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter. His idea: Find bicycles gathering dust in Long Island garages and give them to workers who can’t get a license because of their immigration status, or for whom the cost of driving is simply too steep.