Close your eyes. Think back to the time you received your first bike, the first time you rode without training wheels. Recall the feeling, the wind in your face, not just the sense of freedom, but freedom itself. As different as what we see when we close our eyes, this moment connects us all with a similar feeling. A common “light”. This is what Bikes for Tykes is all about. It is the sharing of that gift with a child.
Through our Bikes for Tykes program we work with local agencies in Colorado to help provide our youth with a bike, a helmet and a lock. This program is truly a pleasure and a blessing, not only to the youth who get to enjoy the many feelings that a bike has to offer, but to us as we see the joy on their faces and delight in their hearts.
Project ReCycle was started in 2010 with a purpose of making children smile by providing them a bicycle. Our Bikes for Tykes program is a year round program that identifies children living in foster homes or displaced homes. We work with multiple agencies to provide stability for children. The bicycle we gift becomes a constant in a life of change. Our Bikes for Tykes program (BFT) has benefitted over 850 children since its inception.
Children wishing to participate in our BFT program must be sponsored by a participating agency. Agencies complete our bike request form and submit it back to us via email. Once the form is received, we invite the children and/or family member and/or agency representative to visit our bike shop to pick up the bikes requested. Recipients will have several bikes available to choose from once at the shop. A qualified technician makes sure the bike and new helmet fit the recipient. Recipients and/or agencies are responsible to transport the bikes from the shop.
Recipients must be sponsored by a participating agency. Recipient must not own a bicycle currently. If they own a bike, they must be willing to recycle it prior to qualifying. Bikes are not intended for resale.
Data and Use
At Project ReCycle we use information that is gathered from participating agencies and compiled to find trends that can support our case for funding. Information is not used on a case by case basis. The information is generalized and then shared with our Grantors as they may request it. Project ReCycle obtains grants from private groups and the public sector. Grantors require substantial, quantifiable data that can demonstrate the results of our Bikes for Tykes program.
At the end of the year, Project ReCycle hosts a Christmas event for children nominated by their respective agency. A refurbished bicycle, a new helmet, water bottle, bike lock and bike safety education will be given to nominated children during our celebration. This is a massive effort to accommodate the children whom we were not able to assist during the year.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with these agencies: