Donate to Free Bikes for Kidz
|Date:||November 7, 2020|
Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison has received more requests for bicycles in 2020 than ever before. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a bike boom because many people have more time to enjoy the outdoors. As a result, many are finding bicycling to be a great option since it’s a socially distanced activity.
FB4K’s goal right now is to collect as many unused bikes in the area so we can refurbish them over the winter months and distribute them to nonprofits and schools next spring. They’ve already collected 500 bikes in September during Madison Bike Week and they hope to collect at least 500 more on Saturday, November 7.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison is a nonprofit organization that works in the transportation equity space. The mission of the organization is to see that every kid that wants a bicycle in Dane County has one. Each year, the organization strives to give away 1,500 to low income and diverse populations throughout Dane County. Free Bikes 4 Kidz has set an even bigger goal for next year and hopes to give away 2,021 bikes in May and June of 2021.
The organization seeks gently used bicycles of all shapes and sizes in the fall and winter then refurbishes them with the help of paid mechanics and volunteers for distribution in the spring. On Saturday, November 7, nine organizations throughout the area will host bike donation stations. Bikes can be dropped off at any of these locations between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in a safe and contactless method.
- Forward Madison FC at Breese Stevens Field – 917 E. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703
- JLA Architects – 800 W. Broadway, Monona, WI 53713
- Delta Beer Lab – 167 E. Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713
- The Thirsty Goat – 3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711
- First Weber Realtors-West Towne – 429 Gammon Place, Madison, WI 53719
- Country Financial – 1777 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
- Monona Fire Department – 1011 Nichols Road, Monona, WI 53716
- Oregon Police Department – 383 Park Street, Oregon, WI 53575
- Verona Fire Department – 101 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI 53593
“So many amazing things come from a kid owning a bike. It helps build self confidence, independence, establishes healthy habits early on and creates positive lifelong memories. While we can’t do this without donations of bikes, we also need financial support so we can buy parts and pay mechanics to repair them. We have an incredible bike infrastructure here in Dane County and we hope that everyone has the opportunity to experience it,” Executive Director, Kristie Goforth says. “We have really been struggling with fundraising this year due to the pandemic so if people would like to make a financial donation that is the best thing we can receive in addition to bikes.”
Donations can be made online at FB4KMadison.org or they can be mailed to FB4K, PO Box 6594, Madison, WI 53716.