Fall garage cleaning? Allina Health would like those unused bikes for Free Bikes 4 Kidz

For more information, contact: Tim Burke, 651-409-3030

MINNEAPOLIS, (Sept. 18, 2020) — Allina Health is teaming up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz for the 10th year in a row to collect donated bicycles for kids in need throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Last year we collected more than 5,000 bikes, and we'd like to do at least that many again this year. 

Consider donating a gently used or new bike and ask family and friends if they have one they'd like to donate, including adaptive bikes for kids with disabilities. Donations will be accepted at any of these 42 Allina Health locations on Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to1 p.m.

"We want to help make it possible for every child to have a bike and participate in a healthy, fun and environmentally friendly activity and never has this goal been more important than during this coronavirus pandemic," says Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina Health president and CEO. "As a health care organization, we recognize good health habits start early, which is why we partner with FB4K, an organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a healthier, happier childhood by providing bikes to those who may not be able to afford one." 

Your safety is our top priority. We’ll be wearing masks and following other COVID-19 safety guidelines at all drop off locations. We ask that you do so as well.

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is also seeking volunteers to help clean and prepare the donated bikes for distribution. For more information and to volunteer visit FB4K.org.

Bikes will be distributed in the spring next year and kids who receive a bike will also get free bicycle helmets and bike safety information from Allina Health at the distribution events.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services.