Bikes are pretty awesome! You probably have some fond memories of yours growing up; riding to school, exploring the neighborhood with friends, or getting some sick air (like 2 inches) on a self-made ramp.
You might not have realised it at the time, but it likely played a big role in your development as well. Keeping you relatively fit, making it easier to make and hang out with friends, and giving you a means of independent transportation for the first time.
Unfortunately not all kids have the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits that come with riding a bike. In Colorado Springs, roughly 50% of students in lower income schools do not have a rideable bike. Sometimes because theirs broke and they don't know how to fix it, or simply because a quality bike is unaffordable in the first place.
Kids on Bikes seeks to change this by providing students with the opportunity to earn their own bike while learning important riding skills, how to navigate their neighborhood, and even basic bike mechanics.
A few years ago, someone had the bright idea to ride bikes on indoor trainers (think stationary bike) for 24 hours straight as a "fun" way to raise money. Unfortunately, in my three years as an employee, I never felt quite fit enough to participate in that amount of fun.
Now, having recently finished a 4 month, 4100 mile bike ride across Europe, my knees and butt feel as prepared as they ever will to give it a shot!
If you happen to think more kids riding bikes and being healthy is swell, or just want to see a few people do something dumb, please consider chipping in a few bucks. While the official event fundraising goal for an individual rider is $250, I think $500 (though secretly I'd like to reach $1000) is reasonable considering I shouldn't have any competition in the Philadelphia or central Ohio (go Bucks!) markets.
We are so excited and grateful that you are riding or supporting us this year! You make this event fun for us every year and we would not want to do this event without our amazing bicycle community and their friends and family behind us. As you may know the 24 Hour Trainer Challenge is our premier fundraiser and we need everyone to do their best to make it successful. Our goal this year is to raise at least $20,000 and furthermore to increase the amount of donors who support our organization.
Can you help us get there?
Thank you for helping us achieve our mission: to inspire and empower all kids to lead healthy, active, and happy lives through bicycling.
Thank you to the following businesses that are matching donors!