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Tucson Group Distributes 500 Free ‘First’ Bikes to Area Kids

Loni Nannini Special for the Arizona Daily Star

Tucson Bikes for Change literally makes donation cycles easier.

The initiative aims to give away 500 “firsts” bikes to underserved and racially diverse children aged 7-13 on Sunday, November 13.

“There are so many physical, social and emotional reasons that a first bike is important. Cycling is really healthy for children: they should exercise outside, and bikes provide them with a great opportunity to enjoy life outdoors. Bikes also give kids the ability to be mobile, giving them a bit of independence. And biking is a lifelong activity. All it takes is that first bike to get going,” said TJ Juskiewicz, executive director of El Tour of Tucson.

El Tour de Tucson is one of many partners committed to giving kids that chance through Tucson Bikes for Change. Other project partners include Tucson Conquistadors, Tucson Electric Power, Canyon Ranch, Jim Click Automotive Group, Pace Ranch, Pantano Christian Church and other faith-based organizations, businesses and government agencies.

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“Our goal is to ride bikes for kids. Many of these kids have never seen bikes like these and can’t necessarily afford a bike. We thought it would be a good idea to give the kids a whole bunch of bikes just before the holidays and just in time to ride El Tour de Tucson if they want to,” Juskiewicz said.

Prospective riders and their families will receive bikes — along with helmets, locks and t-shirts — with the help of Serve Our City volunteers at locations around town. Each recipient will also receive a free entry to the El Tour of Tucson Kid’s Fun Ride on Saturday, November 19.

Juskiewicz is excited to promote awareness of the impact of El Tour de Tucson on the community. More than 50 local nonprofits partner with El Tour to raise funds, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona, Beads of Courage, ALS Association Arizona Chapter and many more. others.

“Sometimes I think people don’t know a whole lot about El Tour de Tucson and the good it does in the community. We’ve helped raise over $100 million for charitable causes in the community since our beginnings 39 years ago, and many local nonprofits have teams that ride with El Tour as part of their major fundraisers. It’s more than just a bike ride and buy children’s bikes is just another example of how we share a little love,” said Juskiewicz.


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