Kick The Training Wheels Off With These Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a bike for my child or myself?
Virtually all of our bikes are given away through a network of non-profits, community organizations, churches, and schools. The best way to get a bike is to contact one of these types of organizations in your neighborhood and ask if they are connected with Free Bikes 4 Kidz Atlanta. If not, ask them to consider getting involved with FB4K. Organizations can apply for bikes here.
How do I donate a bike?
We host an annual bike collection day in October at multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta. If you have a large donation (10+) or you’re interested in a Corporate donation/bike build, please visit our Donate A Bike page of our website. If you can donate $25 in addition to your bike, that will virtually cover the cost for us to get your bike back in ‘good as new’ condition.
What kind of bikes are you looking for?
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is looking for new or gently used bikes of any size (including tricycles and scooters)—child or adult. We are looking for bikes that are in good rideable condition and need minimal work in order to get them looking and running well. We are not looking for bikes that are rusted, missing wheels, bent wheels, or basically in “tough” shape. We want to give away bikes that look good and are safe and fun to ride. Plus we do not have the time or resources to fix up severely damaged bikes.
Is FB4K a 501c3 non-profit? Can I contribute financially to FB4K and help get more bikes to kids?
Yes. And yes. We are a registered non-profit so 100% of your contribution is tax deductible. (You will receive a receipt from us for all contributions.) We gladly accept contributions of any size. We spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 to get each bike in tip top shape, so your donation will help get more bikes to more kids. Visit our Financial Donations page where you will be able to make a donation online using your credit card.
I would like to volunteer my time to help. What can I do?
We literally need hundreds of volunteers to clean, repair, and help us give away bikes each year. We love people who have mad bike repair skills, but if you don’t have that ability, we still desperately need you. If you can wash and shine a bike, we need you. If you can, pump up tires we need you. If you can change tires and lube chains and hubs, we need you. If you can help us move, load, and unload bikes, we need you.
Here’s what you do. Go to the Volunteer page and register (note: most opportunities are from October – December). You can register as an individual, or you can register a whole group that you are bringing along with you. You can choose the location where you want to volunteer, the day, the time slot, and you can tell us what your skill level is. Then when you arrive on that day, we will be prepared to give you tasks that fit your skills. We generally have drinks and snacks available for our volunteers…plus we throw a huge party after the dust clears in December and ALL volunteers are invited—live music, food, dance, and fun!
How does my non-profit, community organization, church, or school get on FB4K’s radar so that we can be recipients of bikes?
You can Apply 4 Bikes online and tell us about your organization—what you do, where you are located, your history, if you are a registered non-profit, etc. We will connect you with our Bike Recipient Coordinator, who is in charge of coordinating and facilitating this process.
I run a bike shop here in town. I love that you are getting more kids on bikes, but I’m concerned that FB4K is tapping into my business, just a bit.
First off, we at FB4K are huge fans of our local bike shops and we do all we can to promote you. We believe we are NOT stepping on your business stream at all because we only give bikes to those most in need. We believe we are creating future buyers for your shops. FYI, many local bike shops are already partnering with us—collecting bikes, having their mechanics repair them in their down time, and delivering them back to us to give away. We believe that if we could get all the bike shops in town working together on this, we would be creating an even more bike-friendly, bike-crazed community and would ensure future growth in the cycling industry.