In the 608: ‘Free Bikes 4 Kidz’ to host last donation drive of 2021

MADISON, Wis. – Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison will be hosting its final bike donation drive for 2021 on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bikes can be dropped off at donation stations set up around the Madison area. Those include: Beer Lab (167 E. Badger Road, Madison), Monona Fire Department (1011 Nichols Road, Monona), Lexus of Madison (8000 Airport Road, Middleton), Pacific Cycle (4902 Hammersley Road, Madison), and Clements Vision Care (1455 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie).

“We hope to collect about 800 bikes on this collection day,” Kristie Goforth, executive director stated. “If you have a bike that you’re currently not using and looking to donate, bring it to us on November 6. It will be put to good use!”

The organization seeks gently used bicycles of all shapes and sizes in the fall and then refurbishes them in winter with the help of paid mechanics and volunteers. The bike giveaways occur in April and May each year.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison gives the bikes to other nonprofit organizations and schools that do the vetting to ensure that the recipients are low income and diverse communities in Dane County.

“We were able to give away 2,025 bikes this spring but we had requests of more than 2,500 bikes” Goforth added. “While giving away over 2,000 bikes is a great start, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the need for bikes in Dane County.”

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has existed since its first bike giveaway in 2017. To date, over 6,600 bikes have been given away to community partners. The organization depends solely on financial and bike donations to make its work possible.