Who Knew an Apple and a Bike Could be the best of friends?
6,500 bikes and counting
How do you measure a year? In daylights? In sunsets? In midnights? Or restored and refurbished bikes for kids?
Yesterday, we had our annual company-wide volunteer day with Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Over 6,500 bikes lined the walls and wrapped around all 4 corners of the building. Every nook and cranny of the warehouse was being used to restore donated bikes to like-new condition. It was safe to conclude that the peeps at FB4K know how to run a functional and efficient operation!
“Pretend that you’re 12 again,” one of the FB4K staff members told us, “What would draw your attention to a bike? What would you be looking for.” Each bike is taken through a thorough 3-step process that involves polishing, prepping, and stabilizing bikes to ensure both safety and style as they ride into a happier and healthier life.
It all started in 2008 with the simple philosophy – Every child should have a bike. Founder, Terry Esau, along with the few team members he had with him gave away 300 restored bikes. Now, FB4K has recorded over 70,000 bikes that have rolled through their warehouse and into the hands of children in the upper Midwest. The dream is to expand beyond Minnesota and its surrounding states until Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a known-name on the corner of towns across the US.
So let’s keep it rolling! Christmas is coming early–Don’t miss the big giveaway happening Saturday, December 7th at the Free Bikes 4 Kidz warehouse in Bloomington (7839 Southtown Center, Bloomington MN 55431). Children from all over the state will come pick out their bike and a new helmet to match.
FB4K Fun Facts:
- Since 2008, FB4K has given away more refurbished bikes annually than any other organization.
- They hold a Guinness World Record of 5,512 bikes collected in 4 hours.
- Every year, 25 million bikes are sold in the US. One-third are 20” wheel-size or smaller, and since kids grow like weeds, over 8 million bikes are virtually outgrown each year—which means there is endless supply and sustainability.
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