Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015 - Video

Jan 1, 2016
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Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015

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On Sunday, December 20th, The Carousel House in West Philadelphia played host to 15 children and their families as Pinkbike's Share the Ride made its second annual appearance in the "City of Brotherly Love". With help from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, we invited the 5th graders from Lea Elementary to spend the day getting acquainted with their new bikes from SE Bikes, equipped with Deity pedals, as well as lids from Kali Protectives, locks from ABUS, and some tasty treats from Kind Snacks. Volunteers made their way from as far as Connecticut to help make sure all of the equipment was in proper working order, the helmets fit properly, and that everyone left with a smile on their faces. The City of Philadelphia has a vibrant cycling community, but there is still a rather large population of low-income, at-risk families throughout the region. Children in particular face the constant threat of drug use, theft, and violent crime; so a program like Share the Ride aims to provide these kids with the opportunity to experience the positive power of bikes, and to show them the positive impact riding bikes together can have on their lives.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
The kids and families were excited about the bikes, and almost as equally excited about the stickers!
Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Jeremiah Boobar made the 3 hour drive from Connecticut alongside his partner in crime (and new bride), Rachelle, to volunteer.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Dozens of volunteers were on hand to help make sure that the kids were all set before heading home with their bikes, helmets and locks.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Some of the kids were brand new to riding bikes, but there were more than enough people willing to take the time to provide lengthy lessons.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Heidi and Kenn were on hand from the Philadelphia Pumptrack to help out, and to extend an invitation to the kids and their families to dig and ride at the track. With their new bikes, the kids will be more than ready to participate!

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
You're never too young to volunteer and spread some holiday cheer.
Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Rad Santa was on hand to pop some wheelies, fit some helmets, and check some names off on his 'nice' list.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
It would prove to be an emotional day for many kids, and many of their parents. The kindness and generosity of the Pinkbike community and of the volunteers is humbling.
Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Everyone enjoyed watching on and off the bike shenanigans throughout the day.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
The Community Bikes and Boards crew was out in full force, putting some finishing touches on the builds, as well as helping make sure that all of the kids felt good on their bikes before heading home.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
When you're 10 years old, you can never have enough stickers for your helmets or your frames.

Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
See you all at Philly's Share the Ride 2016!


A very special thank-you to the following for working together to make this event a success:
Rachelle and Jeremiah Boobar, Rose Oakhill, SE Bikes, Kali Protectives, Deity Components, ABUS Locks, Kind Snacks, Community Bikes and Boards, The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Lea Elementary, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, all of the volunteers, and to the Pinkbike community for helping us once again surpass our fundraising goal!


Share the Ride Philadelphia 2015
Thank you to the Pinkbike community for helping put a smile on so many faces!

Words and video: Brice Shirbach.


MENTIONS: @deityusa / @briceshirbach / @KaliProtectives / @CommunityBikesandBoards
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38 Comments

  • + 31
 Massive kudos to the Pinkbike community for helping make this happen. Maybe you were able to contribute a lot, maybe you managed to contribute a little; all of it has a profound and positive effect on these kids. Keep it going folks, you're leaving a huge imprint on the lives of these little shredders!
  • + 12
 Brice, not being sarcastic -- you didn't get enough credit here. You barely appeared in the article and didn't even credit yourself in the acknowledgments. I think if authorship is attributed generically (i.e. "Share the Ride") up top, you are more than justified putting yourself in the credits!
  • + 14
 "When you're 10 years old, you can never have enough stickers for your helmets or your frames."

I'm 23 and I can't have enough stickers either
  • + 4
 The Philly MTB community is remarkable. Everyone hates each other, and yet people keep on doing wonderful work. Hats off to the city, Kenn & Heidi, Community, and Brice for doing another good thing.
  • + 3
 One big, happy, dysfunctional family...
  • + 1
 The more I see of this the more I wish I had donated more than 50$. I don't spend money on anything else so what was I thinking? I don't know, but thank you for giving us the opportunity to let others enjoy bikes. No cause had made me so happy as this one. Smile
  • + 1
 i think a bmx is great for a starter bike. for me 27 i had one and since then my passion for biking got even bigger. hope sincerly that some of them find their passion. its great to find that. also it solves many problems. think if we should send more bikes to other countries, it would be appreciated.
  • + 5
 I would like to see the comments if those kids were given E-bikes... Big Grin
  • + 2
 Such an amazing day! Thanks to Brice, Pinkbike, SE, Kali, Deity, Kind Snacks, ABUS, Philly Pump Track, Philly Bike Coalition, and Philly Parks and Recs! Keep this rad event in our city, our youth needs it!
  • + 3
 Sweet! I live in the Philly area and I kicked 25$ this year to share the ride. Glad to see some of it going to the locals.
  • + 3
 Decent!!

Nice to see this, looks like a good beginner bmx too, 3 piece crank to start off with. ????
  • + 1
 With that name I hope she rides with a Truvativ Boobar !!! Big Grin (which is the best bar out there imo , just try it if you re not convinced yet)
  • + 1
 This is awesome, and only a few miles down the road! Nice work PB you never fail to impress
  • + 2
 So awesome on so many levels.
  • + 2
 Righteousness work! It's kindness like this that kids never forget.
  • + 1
 Those look like decent BMX's I'd be happy as hell to get one as a kid and I'm happy to have contributed
  • + 1
 with such actions Pinkbike is forming some future wheelie pros like the guy we saw a pinkbike ..
  • + 0
 Someone was cutting onions I swear. So thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this.
  • + 1
 how do you donate?
  • + 1
 that's awesome
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