'Bikes for Kids' event in Boise will give bikes to kids in need

July 23, 2013 

The second annual Bikes for Kids event will provide refurbished bikes and new helmets to disadvantaged kids on Saturday in Boise.

All the kids receiving bikes, as well as bike locks and a free safety course, were pre-registered for the event through Head Start agencies, Boise Parks & Rec, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County and other agencies that help low-income and refugee families in the community.

About 100 kids will participate in the giveaway at the Whitney Community Center, 1609 S. Owyhee St. in Boise. The event, co-sponsored by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc., Boise Bicycle Project, and ProHelmet, take place between 9 a.m. and noon.

The Boise Bicycle Project has been refurbishing used bicycles for the Bikes for Kids event over the last several months. It received many donated kids bikes from participants in the Blue Cruise charity ride, sponsored by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

Boise Parks & Recreation will be providing free round-trip transportation for the kids to attend the Bikes for Kids event, ProHelmet is fitting the kids with new bike helmets, and all of the kids will be run through a bike-safety course before they leave.

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