Kids on Bikes opens new Pedal Station in downtown Colorado Springs

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Kids on Bikes has opened up a new Pedal Station in downtown Colorado Springs / Abbie Burke -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For 11 years a local organization has been making bicycling possible for all kids across Colorado Springs, and now it’s expanding its operations.

Kids on Bikes has opened a brand new Pedal Station in downtown Colorado Springs, hoping to spread the love of cycling to the entire community, regardless of age.

“So the Pedal Station was created for a couple of reasons, one is that it’s a social enterprise for the operations of Kids on Bikes,” said Nikki McComsey, executive director for Kids on Bikes. “We know that in order for us to grow we have to be able to sustain that growth.”

The new Pedal Station will serve as the organization’s headquarters and be a place to donate, buy and even fix bikes.

“The resale bikes that we have at this point are both adult and kid sizes, so a handful of bikes have been refurbished and tuned up, some of them are just as-is,” said Jake Eyermann, general manager of the Kids on Bikes Pedal Station. “If you’re a do-it-yourself mechanic come on in, we have a handful of bikes that need a tuneup and you can get it for a pretty good price.”

All of the proceeds go back to Kids on Bikes and toward achieving their goal of getting kids on two wheels, opening up miles of opportunity.

“For them, truly, it’s life changing,” said McComsey.

“It can be something they do for the rest of their life and it can be a way they get to work, it can be a way to get out and enjoy the outdoors with their family,” said  Daniel Byrd, program director for Kids on Bikes. “They’re learning stuff now that will stay with them.’

Since the organization was founded in 2005, more than 1,300 kids have received a bike and more than 5,000 have been taught bike safety.

“The best reaction is just sort of this shock and this awe and ‘this is really mine?’ yeah, you can keep it. You can take it home,” said Byrd.

“The amount of empowerment that it gives kids is immeasurable,” said Eyermann.

The Pedal Station also recycles bikes and so far has already kept 100 bikes out of landfills.

Its grand opening is June 24, but the doors are open now. The Pedal Station is located at 527 South Tejon Street. It’s open Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information can be found at kidsonbikes.net .

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