Free Bikes 4 Kidz was founded by a group of community-minded cyclists in Minneapolis in 2008. That first year’s giveaway of 300 bikes was just the beginning. Since then, FB4K has given away more refurbished bikes annually than any other organization – over 60,000 bikes to date. In 2015, Free Bikes 4 Kidz Utah became the first affiliate outside Minnesota. FB4K organizations can now be found in eight states – and counting!
Mission & Purpose
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, we organize volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then we give them away to kids in need.
Every year 25 million bikes are sold in the US. One-third of those bikes are 20” wheel-size or smaller. Kids grow like weeds so millions of bikes are outgrown each year, and there are millions of kids that might not get a bike of their own. That’s where we come in.
Every October, we host a Collection Event where we take in as many bikes as we can get our hands on. These bikes are taken to a warehouse where our awesome volunteers work to clean and repair those bikes through October and November. Meanwhile, we partner with community organizations and other non-profits to identify qualified recipients. In early December, we invite these families to our Distribution Event where the kids get to pick out a bike and helmet all their own.
Our Sponsors & Partners
Through the generous support from our partners like Nate Wade Subaru, Guthrie Bicycle, National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), Robert J DeBry & Associates, Capital Broadcasting, QBP, Park Tool and many more, we can turn a lot of dusty bikes into shiny smiles! We still need support in building the foundation to help every kid ride into a more memorable childhood. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We believe in the ride. We believe in cycling and all that is right about cycling. We work to put more butts on bikes and to create an effective business model that includes environmental and community stewardship, business sustainability and partnership. Visit qbp.com