In concert with Chicago’s goal of being a bike-friendly city, TAG Foundation’s Community Bike Builder projects will help cultivate the next generation of cyclists. Through a one-day community event, 500 bikes are given away to children ages 5 to 13 that are interested in biking.
As an organization committed to the health and wellness of urban neighborhoods through sustainable best practices, we think it is best to help the community help itself. Our plan is to repurpose 500 children’s bikes from many households refurbish and redistribute them to new families. Chicago-based nonprofit Working Bikes will provide the majority of the bikes along with bikes gathered through local community groups and CAPS. We are working with the local community organizations, social organizations, schools and faith-based institutions to collect old bikes for refurbishing and to spread awareness to neighborhood children. Working Bikes volunteers will repair the bikes at their warehouse workshop before they are redistributed within the community.
These bikes are not only for the smartest or the poorest or the most politically connected children of the community; they are for the most passionate children interested in riding a bicycle! By organizing the collection, refurbishing and redistribution of 500 bicycles, we are utilizing sustainable methods to energize our urban communities.
As a new foundation, we are putting a stake in the ground! We are finding innovative, ecological and environmentally friendly solutions to invigorate urban communities!