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.
The kids and families were excited about the bikes, and almost as equally excited about the stickers!
Jeremiah Boobar made the 3 hour drive from Connecticut alongside his partner in crime (and new bride), Rachelle, to volunteer.
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.
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.
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!
You're never too young to volunteer and spread some holiday cheer.
Rad Santa was on hand to pop some wheelies, fit some helmets, and check some names off on his 'nice' list.
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.
Everyone enjoyed watching on and off the bike shenanigans throughout the day.
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.
When you're 10 years old, you can never have enough stickers for your helmets or your frames.
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!
Thank you to the Pinkbike community for helping put a smile on so many faces!