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Sep 28, 2010 8:10 PM by Stephanie Collins

Strong support for "Kids on Bikes"

Kids on Bikes gives bikes to kids, hundreds since 2005, and at a fundraiser Tuesday a special guest showed her support for the program.

Linda Armstrong Kelly, the mother of cyclist Lance Armstrong, knows first hand what a bike means to a kid. It's a reason she's a big supporter of Kids on Bikes, "To see those training wheels come off for the first time and to have him turn around and look at me with his grin from ear to ear and the free spirit that he felt and from there on, I mean he was just riding his bike," she said.

A new bike, helmet and lock are provided to kids in Colorado Springs at now charge through Kids on Bikes two programs. The ABC program is an incentive program. Kids in 5th grade set academic goals, and if they meet them, they get the bike, helmet and lock set. The other program is the PEDAL program, which takes requests through other child advocacy groups in town, and Kids on Bikes offers a new bike to an under privileged child.

While they all won't be Lance Armstrong's when they grow up, a bike is a still a very special thing to a kid. Kids on Bikes was founded five years ago and has since given over 700 bikes to area kids.

It's $200 per child to provide the bike, helmet and lock. Kids on Bikes is always in need of bike or money donations, for more on the organization and how you can help click here.

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