Bikes for Tykes: looking for previously loved bikes
Are you looking to get rid of an old bike you’re no longer riding, all while doing a great deed for a child in need? As we approach the holidays and the spirit of giving overcomes us, why not do something good and help get more kids on bikes. It’s good for our sport, empowers our kids, helps fight child obesity and is great for the environment. And if that’s not enough, it just might make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I was recently contacted by James Wilson, owner of Obsession: Bikes out of Vancouver, regarding a program he’s been a part of for over eight years dubbed Bikes for Tykes. The program began in Naples, Florida, 25 years ago, organized by Skip Riffle who believes that every child is entitled to a bicycle. Since then the program has expanded across a large number of communities in the USA and into Canada. James shares Skip’s vision and works hard to put over 100 bikes per year into the hands of underprivileged children, doing so since 2005. He works with local organizations including Family Services of the North Shore, Hollyburn Family Services, and the Salvation Army Chapel on 11th to identify children in need of bikes and to distribute the bikes to homes throughout the community. As the popularity of the program grows in the community, James is reaching out for your help. He is looking for your previously used bikes(s) to refurbish and donate to a child in need. All you need to do to help is drop off your previously loved bike at Obsession: Bikes, and James will do the rest. His team of mechanics and sponsors donating parts and helmets, will refurbish the donated bikes and make sure they get in the right hands.
Whether it’s a seventeen year old girl who needed a bike to use as a mode of transportation to get her to and from her first job, but could not afford one on her own, or a single mother who wants to make her children’s dream come true of owning a bike, this program continues to make children’s dreams of owning a bicycle a reality. And with your help, this program can expand by serving more children then ever before. All it needs is you to donate your old loved bike.
Here’s how to help
Drop your previously loved bike off at Obsession: Bikes. They are open seven days a week from 10 am -6 pm Monday-Saturday. 10 am-5 pm Sunday.
Obsession: Bikes (Bikes for Tykes)
94 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 2E6
What if you don’t live in Vancouver?
Contact your local Bikes for Tykes chapter, by visiting the official Bikes for Tykes website and looking up the nearest location to you.