We were so excited to be a part of BMAGIC’s annual back-to-school backpack giveaway for a second year in a row. The SF Bicycle Coalition’s Bike it Forward program gave away 51 bikes this year, along with helmets, locks and lights.
Thanks to a very generous donation from Thumbtack, 36 of the 51 bikes given away were to children between the ages of 5-10 — something we have never been able to do before.
31 volunteers, SF Bicycle Coalition staff, and board members pitched in to make the day a success. Some taught recipients and their parents or guardians how to correctly fit and wear their new helmets. Others helped out in our learn-to-ride and practice courses designed specifically to teach young people how to bike safely.
One recipient got in touch with us after the event to express a little gratitude: “I just recently moved here with my mother and [we] had one bike for her to get to work,” she wrote. “Now you have given me the opportunity to be able to bike with my mother other places.”
Would you like to help us provide more families with a free and healthy way to get around the city? Volunteer with us at Community Repair Night where we repair the bicycles that are given away at events like this. Find out more information about the program and volunteering here.