On Ash Wednesday, our Bicycle Coalition truck was nearly overloaded with bikes as we were overloaded with generosity from the Kids and Bikes
program. The effort, spearheaded by Lou Ventura over five years ago has made a lasting impression on thousands of Santa Barbara County youth. Like the Bicycle Coalition, Kids and Bikes believes in the power of the simple joy of riding a bicycle, and that all youth should have such an opportunity.
With over 37 new bikes for our program, we'll be able to continue to grow our after school 'Pedal Power' safety and cycling adventure program to more schools. In addition to locks, lights, and helmets- not to mention the bike- kids gain a sense of responsible riding. Most importantly, as our friends Lou and Richard above would agree- the kids gain the joy of cycling- a gift that keeps on giving.
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. --John F. Kennedy