Our Story

FB4K Madison began in 2016 as the 4th affiliate organization in the FB4K family. In 2017, we held our first bike giveaway and gave away 1,000 bikes to nonprofits and schools in Dane County. 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 4,700 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 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/taillight and t-shirt.

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

FB4K Madison is geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those who cannot afford to buy them on their own.

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 give away all of the bikes over several weekends in May through June. 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 4,700 bikes throughout Dane County to the following organizations:

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 Health Wellness program, Christ Presbyterian Church, Common Wealth Development, Dane County Social Services, East High School, Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin, Family Stabilization Program, 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, Latino Workforce Academy, Latino Health Council, Latino Nation Verona High School Club, Leopold Community School, Literacy Network, Lussier Community Education Center, Madison Urban Ministry, Madison East-Side Community Center, Madison Metropolitan School District, Middleton-Cross Plains School District, Monroe Morning Optimists, Mount Horeb School District MSCR, Nehemiah, Nuestro Mundo, Omega School, Packer Townhouses & Community Center, Padres e Hijos en Accion, Porchlight, Red Caboose Child Care Center, Reach Wisconsin, RISE Wisconsin, The River Food Pantry, The Road Home, Sandburg Elementary School, Schenk Elementary School, Sennett Middle School, Sherman Elementary, Simpson Street Free Press, The Sunshine Place, Tri 4 Schools, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence, Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Winnequah School, 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:

Madison Community Foundation

UnityPoint Health – Meriter

SSM Dean Health Clinics

Planet Bike

Clifford & Raihala

Epic Systems

MGE

WEA Trust

Midwest Family Marketing

U-Haul – Verona Road

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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