Our Story

In 2017, we held our first bike giveaway and gave away 1,000 bikes to nonprofits and schools in Dane County. In 2018, we gave 1,100 bikes to local youth. In 2019, we gave away 1,500 bikes. In 2020, we gave away 1,000 to kids and frontline workers working entry level positions. In 2021, we gave away a record setting 2,021 bikes for a total of over 5,600 bikes distributed in Dane County since our inception. It’s a simple concept: you’ve got bikes you no longer need. We know kids and families who need them. As an added bonus, we keep thousands of bikes out of the landfill by repurposing them into rideable bikes.   

We’ve now given away over 5,600 bikes to new bike owners who may have never had the opportunity to experience the joys of owning their own bike. Our operation depends solely on grants, financial donations from individuals and corporations, and donations of gently used bikes that are no longer needed.

Would you like to make a donation? Click here to help! It costs about $100 for us to give a kid a bike, a helmet, lock, headlight and taillight. The $100 covers bike parts, paying our mechanics, renting our workshop, purchasing helmets, locks, headlights, and marketing our program so we can continue to receive donations and support. 

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

FB4K Madison is geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to underserved populations in Dane County.

Vision Statement

We’re striving towards transportation equity and deepening meaningful relationships with communities of color and low income populations in Dane County.

Our goal is to giveaway 3,000 bikes a year by 2023.

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 outgrown each year. Endless supply=sustainability.bikecircleThe annual program consists of 3 main stages:

  1. The Bike Collection – We 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 U-Haul trucks and bring them to our central warehouse location.
  2. The Bicycle Repair Season – Over the next 10 weeks, we bring in hundreds of volunteers to help us CLEAN, PREP, AND TUNE every single bike before it’s given away to a kid. Individuals can register for volunteer shifts through THIS LINK. We love having corporate teams volunteer (employers, faith groups, business groups, etc.)! Groups of 4-8 people are ideal. Email us to schedule your corporate team building experience.
  3. The Giveaway! – We giveaway all of the bikes over several weekends in May. We give bikes to a variety of community partners already working with local youth. Working with our community partners is the only way we can give bikes away. They vet our recipient to ensure need and equity. We cannot give to individuals directly. If you want to receive a bike, be sure to reach out to a local nonprofit organization that you receive services from and request a bike if they are participating.

To date, we’ve given away over 5,600 bikes throughout Dane County to the following organizations:

100 Black Men of Madison, Badger Rock Middle School, Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, Bayview Foundation, BiciClub Latino de Madison, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, Blackhawk Middle School, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Building Bridges, Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, Centro Hispano, Christ Presbyterian Church, City of Madison Community Development, Common Wealth Development, Dane County Social Services, East High School Club Kiwi & Latino Student Union, Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin, Family Stabilization Program, Gompers Elementary, Goodman Community Center, GiGi’s Playhouse, Hmong Language & Culture Enrichment Program, James Madison Memorial School, Jewish Social Services, Kennedy Heights Community Center, KinderReady, Children’s Hospital of WI, Lafollette High School, Lake View Community School, Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Latino Health Council, Latino Nation Verona High School Club, Leopold Community School, Lighthouse Community Church, Lincoln Elementary School, Literacy Network, Lussier Community Education Center, Madison Area Urban Ministry, East Madison Community Center, Madison Metropolitan School District, Mendota Elementary School, Middleton High School, Monroe Morning Optimists, MSCR Frank Allis, MSCR- Meadowood Community Center, Mount Horeb School District, Nehemiah Center, Nuestro Mundo Community School, Omega School, One City Schools, Oregon Youth Center, Packer Townhouses & Community Learning Center, Padres e Hijos en Accion, Porchlight, REACH Dane, Red Caboose Child Care Center, RISE Wisconsin, The River Food Pantry, The Road Home, Salvation Army, Sandburg Elementary School, Schenk Elementary School, Sennett Middle School, Shelter from the Storm, Simpson Street Free Press, Start Stoughton, The Sunshine Place, Tenant Resource Center, Tri 4 Schools, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence, Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Winnequah Elementary School, and YWCA Madison.


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:

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Planet Bike logo
Madison area sports commission
Pacific Cycle
Delta Beer Lab
Kids Fund Cap Times

 

 

 

FB4K Madison has already come so far—but we still need financial support  to make it possible for any kid who wants a bike of their own to have one. Email us 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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