It was a big day for 30 children with the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs.
On Friday, July 31, the children received their very own bikes, all of which were gathered during a bike drive that was spearheaded by the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability. The children also received a bike lock, a helmet and a safety lesson.
The giveaway came on the heels of a similar donation of more than 60 bikes to children with the Boys and Girls Club of Mecca.
"There is a great need in the Coachella Valley for children's bicycles," said Brett Klein, chair of the Palm Springs Sustainability Commission. "Many families can't afford to provide new bikes to each of their children. We are very proud on how successful this has been over the last couple years. There is no better joy than to see the smile on a child's face when they receive their bike."
In addition to the Office of Sustainability, the bike drive was supported by the Coachella Valley Bicycle Coalition, Hot Purple Energy, Palm Springs/Palm Desert Cyclery, Sun Tran, Incight.org and Hocker Productions. The drive was greatly boosted by a $3,000 donation from Trek Bicycles. The Independent was also a supporter of the drive.
Scroll down to view a gallery from the presentation of bikes to the kids with the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs.
- Lining Up the Bikes Lining Up the Bikes
- The Bikes The Bikes
- Kids Get the Bikes Kids Get the Bikes
- On the Bikes On the Bikes
- Kids and the Bikes Kids and the Bikes
- Line of Bikes Line of Bikes
- Helmets Helmets
- Locks Locks
- The Organizers The Organizers
- Taking the Bikes Taking the Bikes