Leesburg Bike Shop Wins Environmental Award

A downtown Leesburg’s cyclist staple has been lauded for its green efforts.

Plum Grove (Re)Cyclery was the 2016 recipient of the John W. Tolbert, Jr., Environmental Achievement Award given by the Environmental Advisory Commission. Plum Grove’s owner Mike Dickerson was on hand at the Town Council’s Jan. 10 meeting to formally accept the award.

In presenting the award, EAC Chairman Charles Greenough noted the bike shop’s extensive use of repurposed materials and comprehensive recycling program. The bike shop moved a little more than a year ago to 120-C East Market Street,  space the owners needed to be built out for their use. It was an opportunity to integrate recycled and refurbished materials into the new space, Dickerson said, and proudly showed Town Council members some visual examples.

“We used a lot of recycled wood, wood pallets. Our pride and joy is 80-year-old bowling alley benches made of old bowling alleys,” Dickerson said.

In addition to the green techniques used in the renovation, Dickerson said the shop also refurbishes bikes and sells them “so they can keep going indefinitely.” He thanked friend and customer, and Leesburg resident, Brett Burk for the Tolbert Award nomination.