BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — For more than 70 kids at Reedville Elementary School, Friday was like Christmas.
Kids got free bikes thanks to the generous work of a national non-profit and dozens of volunteers who assembled the bikes Thursday night at the Craft Pour House in Beaverton.
Jeff Lenosky, a legendary world renowned mountain bike rider, said it is a rush to be able to share his love of bikes with kids.
“Being able to to go into a school and give a kid their first bike where they might not be able to afford it and give them the opportunity to fall in love with bike riding the way I did is something that I feel super passionate about,” he told KOIN 6 News.
Lenovsky did some tricks before the assembled 1st- and 2nd-graders at Reedville Elementary School before the big surprise: all the kids in the assembly got free bikes he and the volunteers put together.
The bike giveaway brought to the kids by Can’d Aid, a national organization focused on giving kids tools for outdoor health and wellness. They’ve given away more than 3000 bikes nationwide so far, and for people who do this it’s about more than just giving bikes away.
“Even better when you have the one-on-one time with the kid when you’re fitting their helmets and fitting them to their bikes, they’ll say ‘I’ve never had a bike before’ or ‘I’ve always wanted a bike. This is my first bike,’ that’s always just as good as the big reveal,” said Alissa Lile with Can’d Aid.
Berta Lule, the principal at Reedville Elementary, said she’s “so happy the organization contacted us and just looking at the smiles of our students. As you see, now they have another vehicle to be outdoors.”
Kids are a little bashful, but for some of them this coming weekend with a new bike could turn kids away from the devices and toward the fun of riding and going places on brand new bicycles.