Video: Share the Ride 2014 - Welcome to Philadelphia

Dec 24, 2014
by Brice Shirbach  
 
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The City of Brotherly Love is America's 5th most populous and one where much of its youth have an enormous amount of obstacles to deal with on a daily basis. One thing that always helps to make the world, and certainly Philadelphia a better place is the bicycle. Through Pinkbike's Share the Ride program, we were able to facilitate an event in which 15 children were able to get properly set up with some great bikes from Fuji and SE, helmets from Kali Protectives and locks from ABUS! All of this was done via the generosity of the Pinkbike community and your shared desire to show kids how great the world can be when experienced on two wheels. The already vibrant cycling community of Philadelphia just welcomed a group of 7-12 year old kids and their families into the fold. With the Philly Pumptrack nearby, the Schuykill River Trail and a growing number of singletrack trails within the city limits, these kids are not only getting the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle, but also the chance to see the many ways in which bikes can be enjoyed.

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

bigquotesMy friend Micah and I are excited to have these bikes because we can ride them real fast, anytime and anywhere. Even when it starts to get dark because we have these cool little flashlights! - Michael Dukes, Share the Ride recipient

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

bigquotesWe've been living in Philadelphia for the last 14 years and this bike means a lot to my son. It's his freedom. His first bike was stolen, so this means so much to him. Thank you Pinkbike so much! - Justine Epps, Share the Ride mom

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

bigquotesKind Snacks is really excited to be a part of the Philly Share the Ride today. It's an amazing and kind act to get these 15 kids all set with bikes. It's something that is going to stick with them for lifetime. They can ride, be healthy and really enjoy the world on their bikes. - Dana Mensah, Kind Snacks

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

bigquotesI'm Kahlima's mom and we've lived in Philadelphia our entire lives. We came out to this event because Kahlima was chosen to receive one of the bikes and for our family that's a good thing. We try to be a healthy family and we want to ride bikes as a family. Her getting a bike is very good and it really helps us out, so I'm very appreciative for this event and Pinkbike. - Felicia Lawrence, Share the Ride mom

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

bigquotesThis event means a lot to us at Fuji and SE. We love to give back to the community. It's important for us to show some support with our gifts and love of bikes to the rest of the community. It's great to really be able to help out these kids during the holidays. - Juliet Jacobs, Fuji/SE Bikes

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

bigquotesI'm just here at this event today because I'm excited to help put bikes in the lives of more kids. Today is really going to be a great day. - Carolyn Mulally, Volunteer and World Cup mom

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

Pinkbike would like to thank the following companies and volunteers for devoting so much of their time and resources to making this event such a success: Advanced Sports International (Fuji and SE Bikes), Kali Protectives, Abus Locks, Community Bikes and Boards, The Philadelphia Pumptrack, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Kind Snacks, The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, QJ Media, Jason Beckley, Rob and Lauren Everitt (Mr. & Mrs. Claus), Heidi Grunwald, Lorna Jackson, Juliet Jacobs, Quinton Johnson, Dana Mensah, Carolyn Mulally, Kaitlyn Phillips and Kenn Rymdeko. An enormous thank-you goes out to Rachelle Frazer for coordinating Share the Ride globally!

Share the Ride 2014

Share the Ride 2014

Entries into the Share the Ride giveaways are now closed but you can still DONATE via our Indiegogo page until 11:59 PM PST, December 24th, 2014.
pinkbike.com/sharetheride



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19 Comments

  • + 23
 This is so god damn cool. Seriously... Thanks for sharing this, Brice! The world is a better place because of all of you!
  • + 11
 Thanks Battycakes! These kids were so stoked...they kept asking if they could keep the bikes...it was truly amazing to be a part of
  • + 7
 My best friends was everytime my bikes, growing up in the biggest ghetto in France, the most dangerously.... i know the happiness could give a bike to a child. Thanks so much for the children and this initiative, God bless you...
  • + 7
 Kudos to all who help put this on. I think every child should be able to experience the wind in their face and the fun that riding a bicycle brings. My hats off to you all. Merry Christmas!
  • + 7
 Awesome!!! Nothing beats the freedom and joy a bike brings to a kid!
  • + 5
 It's just amazing! To give these kids the freedom that a bike gives you is just awesome. I'm sure they'll remember this day for ever.
  • + 2
 yea really is a great thing you guys are doing. If you ever decide to do an event in NY please let me know if you need any volunteers!
  • + 1
 Awesome. Got my kiddo to his first volunteer bike distribution last weekend. We were able to give almost 100 bikes to kids. He was able to teach 3 kids to ride for the first time! The smiles on their faces were amazing.
  • + 3
 Thanks for doing this Pinkbike. This is the stuff you don't see on the evening news.
  • + 1
 I'd really like to be able to watch this video... But I can't. Anyone else having problems viewing? I just get a play button with a slash through it...
  • + 3
 putting smiles and wheels on kids., that's priceless! Merry Christmas!
  • + 3
 Inspiring story. Hats off to the volunteers for making it happen.
  • + 2
 Team love. Thats all you need.
  • + 2
 Great job Brice ! Those kids had huge smiles !
  • + 3
 Beautiful, as always
  • + 3
 Merry Christmas!
  • + 1
 good job pinkbike !
  • + 1
 Great stuff pinkbike!!
  • + 1
 good looking out!

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