2016 was our inaugural year in Atlanta. Working off of the success of the founding organization in Minnesota, we have had three successful bike give away days, which occur each December. The Minnesota based Free Bikes 4 Kidz launched in 2008 with an initial give away of 300 bikes. In 2015 they gave away 5000 bikes and continued to expand into new metros. In the last seven years over 25,000 bikes have rolled through our giveaways and we’re not done yet, with the expansion into the Atlanta market our sights are set high. Free Bikes 4 Kidz ATL has given away over 900 bikes in the past three years and plans to continue to get more and more Atlanta kids on bikes each year as we grow.
Mission & Purpose
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, we organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then we give them away to kids in need. The illustration below tells Minnesota’s growth story, a story that we hope to emulate here in Atlanta.
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. As a volunteer organization and a charity (501c3) we use local volunteers and donations to fuel the repair process of these bikes and partner with organizations that identify the children most in need. At volume our average repair cost per bike is $25, and that includes a helmet!
Our TeamMeet our Board
Though the generous help of key partners FB4K-Atlanta is off to a hot start, but we still need support in building the foundation to help every kid ride into a more memorable childhood.
Park Tool has been manufacturing bicycle specific tools since 1963. Based out of St. Paul Minnesota, we are the world’s largest bicycle tool manufacturer. A long-term dedication to quality, innovation, and customer service has made Park Tool the first choice of professional and home bicycle mechanics around the world. Visit parktool.com
We believe in the ride. We believe in cycling and all that is right about cycling. We work to put more butts on bikes and to create an effective business model that includes environmental and community stewardship, business sustainability and partnership. Visit qbp.com
Hed Cycling is a manufacturer of premium quality bicycle wheels and components. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Hed prides itself on being privately owned, US-operated, and with most manufacturing and assembling done in their own US factory. Visit HED. CYCLING
The Spindle provides Atlanta commuters with a variety of the most durable, fashionable and functional commuter apparel. Visit The Spindle
Georgia’s Own was founded on the credit union philosophy of people helping people and is dedicated to providing its members with exceptional savings and quality service. Georgia’s Own offers a wide variety of financial products and services: savings, savings certificates, IRAS, checking accounts, auto loans, personal loans, mortgage services, credit cards, and electronic services, which includes Online Banking and Bill Pay.
Visit GA’s Own Credit Union
Cafe Agora serves up Atlanta’s most delicious Mediterranean cuisine in several locations throughout the greater Atlanta area. Cafe Agora keeps the FB4K team fueled up during our team meetings. Visit Cafe Agora
Dentistry for Midtown provides a relaxed and comfortable experience and delivers the very best dental care possible using the latest technologies and techniques. Visit Dentistry for Midtown
Atwoods Pizza Café offers a new Neapolitan pizzeria with a craft coffee program featuring an artsy-meets-industrial upbeat vibe that welcomes “hanging out” in the center of Midtown. Visit Atwoods Pizza
Sopo is your community bike shop. Our mission is to create equitable access to cycling by providing affordable bicycle maintenance, services and education. Our shop provides a central forum for sharing equipment, materials, and expertise, and facilitates affordable, practical, hands-on support for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Visit SOPO