Crowds started forming as early as 8 a.m. for this year’s Bike Day on Sunday, April 15, anxiously waiting for the doors to open at 1 p.m. More than 450 adults and children had been pre-registered through referrals by Madison County human service agencies, schools and churches. By 3:30p.m., all 321 bikes had been placed with families.
“This is great,” said coordinator Chuck Fox. “A bicycle can make a big difference for these families, whether it’s for commuting to work, getting to school, recreation and fitness or just for fun. We’re glad to be able to help.”
Fox pointed out that the bikes were donated by neighbors from the community, then serviced and cleaned by volunteers. “Bike donors have the satisfaction of knowing that a bike that may have been sitting in their garage will be put to good use by someone who can’t afford one. Volunteers know that they are doing important work to benefit others in the community.”
Community Bikes has placed more than 1200 bikes since its first Bike Day four years ago. Each recipient also received a helmet, donated by the Madison County Sherriff’s Department, and a lock. Volunteers helped match each recipient with the proper bike and helmet.
Jess Blank was on hand to cover this year’s event for NBC News, adding to the excitement of the day.