1,000 elementary school students will receive new bikes on May 21, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY - May 17, 2011 - Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, will give 1,000 new bicycles to pre-qualified, underprivileged second-grade students at its sixth annual giveaway event on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.


B4K GiveawayThe children receiving bikes were selected elementary schools across the Salt Lake Valley including Alta View, Backman, Copperview, East Midvale, Edison, Franklin, Greater Salt Lake BGC, Guadalupe, Heartland, Midvale, Midvalley, Sandy and South Valley BGC. The recipients will also receive helmets and t-shirts.


"Every year, we have the distinct joy of getting to see these kids get a new bike and watch how truly happy it makes them," said Debbie Reid, Bikes for Kids Utah founder and director. "Not only does a bike give them a way to stay strong and healthy, but it shows them the pleasures and responsibilities of owning a bicycle and the amazing freedom that comes with it."


The bicycles will be given away beginning at noon on Saturday, May 21, at the Intermountain Medical Center parking lot (5121 South Cottonwood Street in Murray, Utah), with Bikes for Kids Utah staff and volunteers delivering bikes to a new group of kids every half hour.


Children and their parents will then learn how to stay safe while riding and then kids will participate in a bike safety rodeo with instruction on signaling, where to ride, how to maneuver and how to properly wear a helmet. A nutritionist from Intermountain Medical Center will offer healthy eating guidelines for the young students.


After participating in the educational presentations and bike rodeo, the children will be given unassembled boxed bikes, which will then be built onsite with the help of several Boy Scouts working towards their Eagle Scout award and bike shop mechanics from around the valley.


In addition, the children will receive a t-shirt specially designed by the 2011 Bikes for Kids T-Shirt Design Contest winner along with other items donated by Bikes for Kids Utah sponsors.

There will also be entertainment for the children and their families throughout the day, and the creators of "Mike and The Bike and Lucille the Wheel" will be handing out free bike safety, bike maintenance and health and nutrition materials, as well as stickers and books.

The Bikes for Kids Giveaway is made possible through help of volunteers and donations made by individuals and companies such as A-Core Concrete Cutting, Alder Construction, Blackbottoms Cyclewear, Elements Wilderness Program, Fifty Studio, Honey Bucket, Larry H. Miller Charities, Mass Mutual Financial Group, Rotary Club of Murray, Skyline Electric Company, SOAR Communications, and Sorenson Legacy Foundation.

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Photo caption: Second graders take part in a bike safety rodeo at the 2010 Bikes for Kids Utah bike giveaway event. This year's giveaway is Saturday, May 21 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Photo credit: Bikes for Kids Utah