Friday, December 19, 2014

Keep it rolling!



Thank you for your support!
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2014 has been a great year.  Help us keep a good thing going into 2015!

Thank you for your support for FreeWheels, let's keep it going!

FreeWheels for Kids is the only kid-centered bike organization in Kansas City, and we are asking for your support! 

It is truly amazing what FreeWheels has accomplished in just a few short years.  Yes, we are excited about the hundreds of bikes we have repaired and given away with our Master Mechanics (also known as middle-schoolers!), but the real accomplishments are those of our students, who build trails, perform commnuity service, and are fast becoming tomorrow's leaders of Kansas City. Those are the things that make us charge forward into 2015 confident that, with your help, our students can truly transform Kansas City and make safe, healthy communities.

Read more about FreeWheels's plans for 2015 below

Don't forget, it's bike drive season! Clear some room in that garage or attic and help KC kids at the same time! Come see us this Saturday at the Trek Store or Velo+.  We will be happy to regale you with stories of crazy kids on bikes!

Now it's time to ask for your help! You can find more information about donating here ordonate directly here.  Thank you for your support!
 
Rosedale Bike Club practices their bike-handling by jumping off this drain in the woods by their school.  
Bryan Kidney, founding member of FreeWheels's Board of Driectors and current President, has seen incredible growth and impact from our programs. 
To  FreeWheels Supporters,

In this giving season I’d like to take a moment to explain what we have accomplished with your tax-deductible donations.  Four years ago, a small group of volunteers believed in Ben Alexander’s vision of empowering the often overlooked pre-teen and teenage population through bikes. Three years ago this month, we incorporated FreeWeels for Kids as a 501c3 charity and began an amazing group of programs that is making true changes in Kansas City.

Our first program was the “Earn a Bike” Class, where kids work on a donated bike, strip it down and repair it and then donate that bike back to a younger kid in their neighborhood thereby earning their own bike to repair.  The second program is Let's Get Rolling, a class teaches fourth graders how to begin the adventure of riding your bike. In the fall we return to the now fifth grade PE classes and teach traffic safety and the responsibility of sharing the roads.

Finally, our pinnacle program that truly embodies our mission of empowering kids through bikes is our Bike Club program. To be a part of this after school program, kids must endeavor to make their community a better place. Each club determines what it takes to make a better community. This past year, one of our clubs successfully lobbied the Unified Government of Kansas City/Wyandotte County for proper sidewalks along the streets they use to get to school. Another club was successful in getting a portion of the Kansas City levy accessible for bikes. And another club created a great cycling map showing others how to safely get across town. Other clubs built trails that allowed them to use their bikes to get to school.

With your help we have truly empowered kids through bikes. Our kids come from all walks of life and demographics representing at least 12 languages and many more cultures.  Thank you for all you have given in the past.

As our impact has grown, you have been there with us, helping us make ends meet even as our staff and students take on bigger and bigger projects. We have quickly gone from an all-volunteer organization to a 2015 budget with two full-time and three part-time staff members and a budget of over $300,000.  We plan to repair at least 240 bikes in 2015 with our more than 200 Bike Club students, teach bike safety and help more than 1,400 students arrive safely to school, and introduce at least 300 of our youngest students to the joy of no-training-wheels at community events.  Those are big goals, and we need your help to make it happen!

We are making a difference in Kansas City. The kids in our community are amazing and we want to reach our goals in 2015. Would you please considerdonating and helping us empower kids through bikes?

We wish you all happy holidays and a safe New Year.

Bryan Kidney, President of the Board
 
Holiday Bike Drives!

It's that time of year, stay tuned for bike drives with our wonderful bike shop partners.  See you there!

(See the events calendaror contact us for more info.)
 
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Holidays from FreeWheels!


We teach bike repair, bike safety and leadership skills to kids, and we need your help! We reach hundreds of students every year, repair and give out hundreds of bikes, and are making real change happen in our communities, making safe streets that all can enjoy and making a healthier Kansas City. Please consider supporting us with a donation or keep reading to find out how to donate your bike.


Upcoming Bike Drives

We are collecting donated bikes at local bike shops this Christmas season.  We have students all the way from learning how to ride a bike into high school and need both children’s and adult bikes.  For more information, email freewheelsforkids@gmail.com.

Bike drive locations:
Saturday, December 13, 11:00-3:00

BikeSource, 3701 W. 95th St., Leawood, KS

Saturday, December 20, 11:00-3:00

Trek Store of Kansas City, 10412 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee KS, 66205 and

Velo+, 13440 Santa fe Trail Dr., Lenexa KS, 66215




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Give online!

Thank you for your support!
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2014 has been a great year.  Help us keep a good thing going into 2015!

Happy Giving Tuesday!

FreeWheels for Kids is the only kid-centered bike organization in Kansas City, and we are asking for your support!


 
Rosedale Bike Club practices their bike-handling by jumping off this drain in the woods by their school.  
Every day at 3:00, kids in Kansas City are running down the hallways of their schools, full of energy and excited to be able to talk to their friends, get some exercise, and get outside.

Five minutes later, most of them are strapped in cars, headed home to play games by themselves.

But not Bike Club.  Every single day, FreeWheels Bike Clubs are excitedlyplanning their route for the daydigging out honeysuckle stumpsadvocating for bike lanesbuilding trailsfixing bikes and working for their community.

Of course, FreeWheels doesn't just hang out with our middle school students all the time.  We also teach bike safety skills courses to the entire community, teach 4th and 5th grade students how to ride safely and work with city leaders to help bring our students' plans to fruition.

As we wrap up Bike Club season (but not biking season!), we need your help to make 2015 even better!  Please consider making an online donation or donating your old bike(s).

 
Holiday Bike Drives!

It's that time of year, stay tuned for bike drives with our wonderful bike shop partners.  See you there!

(See the events calendaror contact us for more info.)
 


 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Beer, Bikes and BBQ this week!

GO ROYALS!
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We're hosting a bike ride around historic KC and a post-ride BBQ and party!


FreeWheels for Kids, Woodyard Barbecue, Boulevard Brewing Company and the UMKC History Department are teaming up to host bike rides through some of KC's lesser-known history and host a great recovery ride and party afterward!

When: October 11th, 2014
Where: Kaw Point Park

To register, visit Eventbrite now.
Bikes, Beer and Barbecue pretty much describes it: a day of charity rides, touring the historical churches of Kansas City, followed by an evening of beer and barbecue. It's a celebration of all that FreeWheels for Kids done to empower kids with bicycles since 2012, and all it hopes to do in the future. We want to bring together friends and supporters for a fun-filled day, and raise a little bit of money for FreeWheels programming in the process.
 
The Rides
The day begins with afternoon charity rides at 10, 30, and 50 miles, which we're calling the Cathedral Gran Fondo. The rides disembark from Kaw Point Park at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, near downtown KCK. Each will give riders a view of the beautiful cathedrals that dot KCK and KCMO, some as old as the cities themselves.
2:00 pm - 50 mile ride begins: This is a Gran Fondo.  You will be timed, and there are prizes for the top three finishers.  We planned the route to be fast, but be sure to stop for traffic lights.
2:00 pm - 30 mile ride begins: This led ride will make stops at historical sites in KCK and KCMO, where the ride leader, UMKC professor of history Chris Cantwell, will give short talks about the history of Kansas City before the group rides out together.
3:00 pm - 12 mile ride begins: This is the KCK history ride. Local leaders will fill you in on our history and the group will stay together as we ride from 1803 to 2014 in the 'dotte.
 
The Festivities
5:00 pm - Feasting begins
After the rides, beginning at 5 p.m., we'll dig in to barbecue from KCK mainstay Woodyard BBQ.  Bike commuters know it as the best-smelling block on Merriam lane, and they'll be bringing their signature smoked pulled pork and some other stuff to the point this Saturday.
To go along with our BBQ we'll have all the Boulevard beer you can drink. Boulevard is a big supporter of cycling in KC, and we are happy to have their sponsorship!
We'll eat, drink, be merry, and have short presentations about FreeWheels for Kids and our vision of a Kansas City where all kids are empowered to live healthy lives and be leaders in their communities, through bicycling.
 
About FreeWheels for Kids
FreeWheels for Kids is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that works to empower Kansas City kids with bicycles. We teach kids basic bike skills, hold earn-a-bike classes to teach basic bicycle repair and maintenence, and organize Bike Clubs where they learn advocacy and leadership skills to become leaders in their neighborhoods. Our intrepid young cyclists have repaired all manner of bicycles, beautified trails, taught bike skills to younger kids, and presented neighborhood infrastructure improvements to County Commissioners. There is nothing these kids can't do if you give them the opportunity. You can read more about FreeWheels for Kids at www.freewheelskc.org
 

Thank you to awesome volunteers Eddie and Doug who came out with last-minute notice to check over bikes for Let's Get Rolling classes starting this week and make signs!  To find out how YOU can be almost as cool as them, click here.
Lisa is off to Germany for the rest of the year!  Congratulations on your internship, we hope to see you again next semester!  
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