Free Bikes 4 Kidz comes to Park City
November 4, 2015
Learning to ride a bike is a formative experience. For many, it’s the first taste of overcoming a challenge, of doing what at first seemed impossible. And the freedom to explore a bicycle allows is an important step in the growing process.
In short, no child should have to go without a bicycle.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz started in Minnesota with that ethos in mind and this year, the first chapter outside the state opened right here in Utah. The organization accepts donations of new or gently used bicycles, fixes them up and distributes them (along with a new helmet) in the local community to children who could not otherwise afford them.
Park City resident Sam Lund is a board member for the Utah chapter and he said he was enthusiastic about the idea right away.
"I used to teach in inner city Minneapolis, so I’ve seen those children who don’t have the means to afford something as simple as a bicycle," he said. "Those of us who get to live in Park City know that we are fortunate to be in such a beautiful and active place, so it was a no-brainer to try to rally our community and get underprivileged kids on bikes."
Free Bikes 4 Kidz will hold its first local collection event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Whole Foods parking lot, 1748 Redstone Center Dr. This past Friday, Lund spent the day hustling around town rallying support.
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"I spent all day Friday driving around every inch of Park City, handing out flyers to local businesses, churches, schools," he said. "It was amazing to see the response of business owners and community leaders. Everyone in town seemed genuinely excited to be able to help out."
Lund said he is hopeful the community will respond and donate lots of bicycles.
"I think Park City residents are giving people and, generally, they are active people," he said. "Being able to help kids get outside and live active lives seemed like something the people I talked to were excited about."
Local cyclists in particular, Lund said, have been eager to pitch in.
"They’re fired up," he said. "We have QBP (out of Ogden) supplying us with bike parts to fix up our bikes, local mechanics are donating their time to wrench on the bikes, and the bike shops have all been really supportive."
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a 501(c)(3), so donations are tax deductible. Lund said he is hoping for a strong turnout in the Utah chapter’s first effort in Park City.
"We just need folks to take a minute to find that old bike in your garage and drop it off. We take care of the rest."
Free Bikes 4 Kidz-Utah will hold its first Park City collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Whole Foods parking lot, 1748 Redstone Center Dr. For more information visit FB4K.org.
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