Our Story

In 2008 Free Bikes 4 Kidz gave away 250 bikes in Minneapolis. Now we give away 8000 bikes or more every year in ten locations around the U.S. It’s a simple concept: You have bikes you no longer need. We know kids and families who do.

In 2019 Free Bikes 4 Kidz rode in to Maryland! In our first year we collected over 500 bikes for local kids in need.

Mission & Purpose

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. Free Bikes 4 Kidz Maryland is an affiliate with the same M.O.: The public donates gently used bikes, we organize scores of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then we give them away to kids in need. Free Bikes 4 Kidz now has 10 affiliates including Maryland:

Minnesota (Twin Cities) (the mothership!)

Georgia (Atlanta and Macon)

Illinois (Chicago)

Michigan (Detroit)

Oregon (Eugene-Springfield and Portland)

Utah (Salt Lake City)

Washington (Yakima)

Wisconsin (Madison)

2019 Maryland results

In 2019, we invested over 1500 hours of volunteer labor to collect 513 bicycles. We were able to refurbish and give away all but 20 of them: 415 to children in need, 38 to Howard County Schools’ Bicycle Safety Program, and 40 to five other nonprofit organizations. Read our annual report here.

Our method

We carry out a ten-week campaign every year: We collect bikes in early October, spend ten weeks cleaning and refurbishing them using volunteers, and then we give them away in December to children identified by local social service agencies and nonprofit partners. Then we rest and prepare to for the next campaign!

Our Source

Every year 25 million bikes are sold in the US. One-third of those bikes are 20” wheel-size, or smaller. Since kids grow like weeds, over 8 million bikes are virtually outgrown each year. Endless supply. Sustainability.bikecircle

Our Board of Directors

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is driven by a passionate and invested board of directors and a dedicated volunteer staff. Free Bikes 4 Kidz Maryland, our local affiliate, has an equally passionate board of directors.

Find out more here.

Our Partners and Sponsors

Though the generous help of our sponsors including the Horizon Foundation, Park Tool, Race Pace Bicycles, Quality Bike Products, and Bodhi Digital, and our original launch partners—Howard County and The Howard Hughes Corporation—Free Bikes 4 Kidz Maryland has begun building the foundation for a sustained presence to help every kid in Maryland ride into a healthier, happier childhood.

FAQs

We’ve done our best to answer the most frequent questions we’ve encountered, but if you’re not finding the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.

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