Every year since 2004, Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities, or BMAGIC, has partnered with community-based organizations to provide students in the 94214 zip code with thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies and countless other resources at their annual back-to-school event. Since 2018, the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Bike It Forward program has been part of the annual event, distributing bikes to dozens of students and offering a learn-to-ride class and practice space.
It takes a village to fit students to bikes, teach little ones to bike for the first time, and practice safety drills with older students. In 2019, it took a group of 31 volunteers, staff, and board members to pull off our portion of the event. We could not have done it without their help.
Due to the pandemic, 2020’s event looked much different, we distributed bikes to a small group of students and little ones from Northridge Cooperative Homes. But this year, the back-to-school event is back at NOW Hunters Point, and we believe we can do more for students in 94124 than we ever have before. In addition to distributing bikes, we’re planning a fun-filled day centered around bicycles, featuring a traffic garden — a scaled-down model that mimics our city streets, where students can ride in a safe, car-free space and interact with others on bikes.
In past years we have given away 50 bikes, and this year we want to raise that number to 60! Our goal is to provide students with better bikes, better bike education resources, and a better experience — and we need your help to make this happen. So, we’re kicking off a bike and donation drive to help us bring the joy of biking to 60 students this fall.
Help us serve students in the Bayview-Hunters Point! Through either direct donation of materials or of money, we need:
- 30 new helmets
- 60 new pairs of lights
- 60 new U-locks
- 30 24-in and 26-in bikes
Our greatest need is for 24-inch-wheeled bikes, which fit the average middle and high school student. Every bike recipient always receives a helmet, and those over 13 years old also receive a set of lights and a hardened steel U-lock, and we’ll be accepting donations of all these items.
Help us bring the joy of biking to students by donating today. Every dollar we raise this month helps us refurbish a bike for a student.
Already have a bike or bike accessories to donate? Fill out this form and drop off the bike at 1720 Market Street during July 6-14 .