For Immediate Release
March 02, 2011
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The City of Boston’s Roll it Forward bike donation program will be donating 60 bicycles and helmets to 2-7 year olds at Orchard Gardens and Whittier Street Development. The refurbished bicycle have been donated by International Bicycle Centers. The event takes place from 5-7 PM at the Orchard Gardens Community Center. In addition to donating bikes and helmets, bike skills training, provided by Bikes Not Bombs, will ensure safe use of the bicycles in the future.
Roll it Forward is one of the many initiatives of Mayor Menino’s Boston’s Bikes office. Funded by a Boston Public Health Commission grant, the program aims to collect, repair, and donate up to 1,000 bicycles across Boston’s neighborhoods. Including today’s donation, the Mayor’s program has distributed 300 bikes to young children. The program has collected 700 bicycles to date and is on track to donating up to 1,000 bikes through March, 2012. Every recipient of a bike has been provided a helmet and has demonstrated safe riding techniques.
Roll it Forward is one of four components of Boston Bikes’ Community Bike Programs which aim to ensure the Mayor’s Bike Program serves all residents of Boston. In 2010, the Community Bike Programs provided youth cycling instruction to 1,800 youth, hosted mobile bike shops at 24 farmer’s markets throughout the spring and summer and provided three community bike days.
Program partners have contributed to the success of this formidable challenge. Partners include Boston Public Health Commission, Bikes Not Bombs, Eastern Mountain Sports, Giant Cycling World, International Bicycle Centers, Pedro’s USA (official tool and bike care supplier for Boston Bikes), Quality Bike Products, Salem Cycles, and Wheelworks.
About The Boston Bicycle Program: Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino's vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Bike Boston focuses on improvements in all five universal bike planning areas: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation.