Our Story

FB4K Madison began in 2016 as the 4th affiliate organization in the FB4K family. The flagship organization started in a Minnesota garage in 2008, where founder Terry Esau gave away 250 bikes. Today, his crew gives away more than 6,000 each year! It’s a simple concept: you’ve got bikes you no longer need. We know kids and families who do.  

Mission & Purpose

Mission Statement

FB4K Madison is creating a sustainable supply of bicycles for all kids by collecting extra bikes from the community, refurbishing the donated bikes with the help of volunteers and giving them back through a diverse network of community organizations already working with area youth.

Vision Statement

We believe it’s possible for any kid who wants a bike to have access to a bike they call their very own.

Our Method

Every year 25 million bikes are sold in the US. One-third of those bikes are 20” wheel-size, or smaller. Since kids grow like weeds, over 8 million bikes are virtually outgrown each year. Endless supply. Sustainability.bikecircleThe annual program consists of 3 main stages:

  1. The Bike Collection – We try to collect as many bikes as possible in one morning at the very beginning of the season. This is done by having drop-off locations spread around the city and coordinating a volunteer effort to collect the bikes in UHaul trucks and bring them to the central warehouse location.
  2. The Bicycle Rehab Season – Over the next 10 weeks, we bring in hundreds of volunteers to help us CLEAN, PREP AND TUNE every single bike before it gets given to a kid. Individuals can register for a shift through our website here. We especially like scheduling group volunteer shifts for area employers, faith groups, business groups, etc. Email volunteer@fb4kmadison.org to schedule your event now!
  3. The Giveaway! – We give away all of the bikes in one weekend through a series of community partner organizations already working with local youth. In 2018 we gave away 1,100+ bikes through the following partners:

Badger Rock Middle School, Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Bayview Foundation, BiciClub Latino de Madison, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, BlackHawk Middle School, Centro Hispano Health Wellness program, Christ Presbyterian Church, Common Wealth Development, East High School Club Kiwi & Latino Student Union, Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin, Goodman Community Center, Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program, James Madison Memorial Latino group, Jewish Social Services, Kennedy Heights Community Center, KinderReady – Children’s Hospital of WI Community Services, Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Latino Health Council, Latino Nation Verona High School Club, Leopold Elementary School, Lussier Community Education Center, Madison Area Urban Ministry, Madison East-Side Community Center, Madison Metropolitan School District (NEON), Middleton High School, Mornoe Morning Optimist, MSCR Frank Allis, MSCR Schenk Elementary, MSCR- Meadowood Community Center, Nuestro Mundo Community School, Omega School, Packer Townhouses & Community Learning Center, Padres e Hijos en Accion, Padres e Hijos en Accion – Program Bikes, Red Caboose Child Care Center, Inc – School Age Programs, RISE Wisconsin, Inc. (Formerly Community Partnerships), Sandburg Elementary School, Schenk Elementary School, Simpson Street Free Press, The Sunshine Place, Tri 4 Schools, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence, Vera Court Neighborhood Center

Our Board of Directors and Staff

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison is driven by a passionate and invested board of directors and staff.

Find out more here.

Our Partners

We couldn’t do this without the generous help of key partners like:

Madison Community Foundation

UnityPoint Health – Meriter

SSM Dean Health Clinics

Planet Bike

Clifford & Raihala

Epic Systems

MGE

WEA Trust

Midwest Family Marketing

UHaul – Verona Rd.

FB4K Madison has already come so far—but we still need support in building the foundation to make it possible for any kid who wants a bike of their own to have access to a bike. Email andy@fb4kmadison.org to get involved!

FAQs

We’ve done our best to answer the most frequent questions we’ve encountered, but if you’re not finding the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.

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