Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison held a bike donation drive on Saturday, Nov. 7 with the hope of collecting at least 500 bikes from the nine locations that hosted donation stations. Much to everyone’s surprise, 1,260 bikes were donated! The Monona Fire Department collected the most bikes with 250 bikes donated. Verona Fire Department collected the second most with 200 bikes donated. Other donation stations included Delta Beer Lab, JLA Architects, Forward Madison FC, Country Financial-Sun Prairie, The Thirsty Goat, First Weber West Towne, and Oregon Police Department. Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison also held a bike donation drive in September and collected 524 bikes from that effort.
Executive Director Kristie Goforth stated, “Saturday was an incredible day! We’ve been hearing about a bike shortage across the country this year but the community came together and supported our program like we’ve never seen before. Now, we’ll move onto fundraising so we can purchase all the parts needed to restore the bikes. We’ll also need to purchase upward of 1,000 helmets for our recipients.
“We keep thousands of pounds of metal and rubber out of the landfill by refurbishing bikes but it does get costly to purchase all the saddles, pedals, grips, chains, tires, and brake cables needed to get the bikes in excellent working condition. After this showing of support, I’m very optimistic that we will meet our fundraising goals.”
The organization also partnered with Madison Reading Project to collect books on Nov. 7. At the spring bike giveaways, bike recipients will also receive books provided by that program.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison is a nonprofit organization that works in the transportation equity space. The mission of the organization is to see that every child who wants a bicycle in Dane County has one. Each year, the organization strives to give away 1,500 bicycles to low income and diverse populations throughout Dane County. Free Bikes 4 Kidz has set an even bigger goal for next year and hopes to give away 2,021 bikes in May and June of 2021.
The organization has plans to launch a raffle for an e-bike in December with tickets priced at $20 each. Tickets can be purchased online at their website. Donations can also be made online at FB4KMadison.org or they can be mailed to P.O. Box 6594, Madison, WI 53716.