Sep 24, 2010 4:36 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Kids on bikes for schools ride

You may not believe it, but some kids have never owned a bike. Kids on Bikes helps solve that problem by raising money to buy bikes for elementary school kids in low income school districts.

On Saturday, they are holding their first annual fundraising ride. Riders will have three route options to choose from along the Santa Fe Trail.

After the ride there will be a picnic, bounce house for the kids, a face painter, and much more.  Top fundraisers have the opportunity to win prizes, including a signed Lance Armstrong jersey. 

All proceeds will benefit the organization in helping them award bikes to one hundred and twenty fifth graders at the Sand Creek or Bristol Elementary School.

The bikes do not come entirely free.  Kids work yearlong to earn their bikes by achieving academic and character development goals. Teachers and volunteers from Kids on Bikes work with the children to make sure they stay on track throughout the year.  Bikes are awarded in a grand ceremony in May.    

"We all remember our first bikes and the joy and how much fun that was," recalls event organizer Lindsey Arkfeld,  "And for these kids it's not only their first bike, it's something they earned. So, they're just so proud of themselves for what they accomplished."

Saturday's event starts at 10 a.m. at the Air Force Academy.

You can register at the ride on Saturday. The fee is $25 per person; $50 per family.

Click here to learn more about Bikes for Kids.

Go out and ride to help bring a little joy into a kid's life!


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