We are thrilled to share the heartwarming success of our recent collaboration with Pasadena City College (PCC). Together with Fifth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, we organized a bicycle giveaway event for 24 foster students, ages 16-25. Each student received brand new Giant Escape and Flourish road bicycles that was custom fit to their size and came with a new helmet and a bike lock.
Why foster students? Despite public transportation, there are limits to its efficacy. Bicycles continue to be a reliable and efficient solution, cutting down transport times and helping students spend more time focusing on what matters, like studying or getting ahead at their job. Internationally, our bicycles have bridged distances and created impactful change and we believe we can make a similar impact close to home.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a former PCC alumna, emphasized the significance of our mission. Quoting Albert Einstiein, she said, “It was Einstein who said: ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”. Riding a bicycle is not just about getting to class or a job; it’s about having the freedom to navigate life on one’s terms. Our bicycles empower these students to shape their futures with confidence.
Overall, the event was a great success and was covered by Pasadena Star News and LA Post, shining a spotlight on the impact we were able to create. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives. We spent the entirety of the event helping all the students get set up on their bicycles, hearing their individual stories and plans of how they are going to use their bicycles next.
As we continue our mission, we look forward to reaching even more communities and making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Together, with the support of caring individuals and communities, we can create a world of possibilities for underserved youth, one bicycle at a time.
Please check out some of the news coverage we received below: