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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kids on Bikes has been in the Pikes Peak community for 11 years.
During that time it has provided bikes to hundreds of kids, but in order to further its impact, Kids on Bikes has taken on a new project- the Pedal Station.
The Pedal Station opened in May of 2016 on South Tejon Street. It’s a social enterprise that’s already exceeded expectations, putting even more kids on bikes and more bikes in the community at large.
Every Tuesday and Thursday night, the Pedal Station is alive with activity.
“People are able to show up anytime between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and pull a bike from the pile and just get to work,” said Daniel Byrd, Executive Director of Kids on Bikes.
During “Volunteer Fix-it Night” community members give their time to help refurbish donated bikes that need a little love.
“These bikes are coming into our doors from all over the city,” said Byrd.
The bikes are fixed up, cleaned up and then given to kids who are in need of a bike, or they are sold at the Pedal Station to support their operations.
“Since we’ve opened up in May of 2016, the Pedal Station has been able to get over 200 bikes back out to kids,” said Byrd. “We’ve also been able to rescue over 400 bikes from going to the landfill and provided nearly 100 bikes out to the community at large.”
Byrd said the Pedal Station helps to enhance all the programs Kids on Bikes offers and also gives community members a different way to give back.
“I don’t feel like I’d like to be in the soup kitchen, for example, ladling soup, but here it’s what I like to do, it’s what I know and it’s a very tangible way that I feel like I can contribute,” said Daniel Zheng, a volunteer.
Kids in the community aren’t the only ones who are benefiting. Anyone can score a great deal on a bike and know that the money they’re spending is going to a good cause.
“I love cycling but most of my friends either don’t have a bike or have a bike that really isn’t appropriate for the kind of riding we want to do,” said Zheng. “I’ve been able to equip a lot of my friends with a bike from here at a reasonable price and a bike that’s appropriate for them, so it’s been great for the other side as well.”
Money raised in the Give! campaign will go to support the Pedal Station but they also need volunteers, and of course, bikes.
>> Learn more and Give! at indygive.com.
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