A Partnership between Children's Hospital Colorado and UnitedHealthcare
In 2011, Children's Hospital Colorado and UnitedHealthcare launched Bikes For Life, a program created to help kids develop healthy lifestyle habits through bicycling. Now in its fourth year, Bikes For Life will be providing bikes and safety training to more than 300 children in the Denver-Metro area, as well as community Bike Rodeo events that will be open to the public. Bikes For Life has partnered with BikeSource to host the bicycle distribution and safety clinics for the children enrolled in the program.
Watch coverage of Pro Cyclist Rory Sutherland talk about the second phase of the Bikes For Life program on 9News.
Watch coverage of a program family talk about their experience in Bikes For Life on 9News.
Bicycling is an excellent sport to learn at an early age-it gets kids and families outside, offers an alternative and active form of transportation and develops a skill that can be used a lifetime.
How you can get involved
Bikes For Life is proudly supported by community members including BikeSource, Specialized Bicycle Components, Boys and Girls Clubs of Denver Metro, Bicycle Colorado, Dong's Cycling Pals, Bike Depot and USA Pro Cycling Challenge. There are several ways you can participate, too.
Volunteering is one way you can participate in Bikes For Life. Volunteers will help run the bicycle skills courses in the community and other special events. If you would like to be a volunteer with the program, please contact Laura at (720) 777-4166 for more information.
Sponsoring a child is another way to participate in Bikes For Life. You can provide a child in the program with a bicycle, helmet, lock, odometer and bicycle education for $400. Learn how you can sponsor a child or donate to the program.
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Bicycle skills courses are held throughout the Denver-Metro area throughout the summer. The events will be open to the public and provide children with an opportunity to practice their bicycling skills. Stay tuned for the 2014 event schedule.
Bike Donation Drives
Children's Hospital Colorado's Bikes For Life program hosts bike donation drives to benefit the Bike Depot. The Bike Depot is a community bike shop that supports Denver communities with a wide range of bicycling programs, services and products. Bring your used bicycles and donate them at our bike drive events. Stay tuned for the 2014 event schedule.
Watch how the Bikes For Life program is changing lives
Does your helmet fit correctly?
Use the Two-Finger Test to make sure you have your helmet on properly.
- Place two fingers between your eyebrows and the bottom of the helmet. Only two fingers should fit in this space.
- Place two fingers underneath each ear in a "V" shape (this is where the straps should go).
- Place two fingers under the chin strap to make sure that only two fingers fit snugly. (If you can fit more than two fingers, you need to tighten the strap).
Do the "ABC Quick Check"
Learn to be a bike mechanic today! If you use the ABC Quick Check before every ride, you will be safer while riding.
A is for AIR
Squeeze the tires and make sure they are fully inflated. If the tire is soft or squishy, add air until the tire is firm. If the tire is totally flat, inflate first to see if it holds air. If the tire does not hold air, it has a flat and must be changed.
B is for BRAKES
Hold the brakes down and rock the bike back and forth. If it stays in one place, your brakes are good; if the bike moves, your brakes need adjustment.
C is for CHAIN
Make sure the chain isn't rusty or squeaky. If there is rust or you can hear a lot of squeaking, then you need to put some chain oil (or lube) on the chain.
QUICK is for the Quick Releases or bolts
Make sure that the bolts or the quick release levers that hold your wheels are tight so that a wheel doesn't fall out. If loose, then tighten.
Colorado rules of the road
- Bicycles are required to obey the same laws as cars. This means that bicyclists can get tickets just like motorists! Please follow the rules below when riding your bicycle.
- Bicyclists must ride on the right, going the same direction as traffic. This is important as a high number of crashes are from bicyclists riding the wrong way.
- Bicyclists must use hand signals. Like a car, it is important to let traffic and pedestrians know which way you are going.
- Bicyclists must obey traffic signs and signals. Stop at stop signs. Stop at lights. Riders who are predictable (who follow the same laws as the cars) are much less likely to be involved in a crash.
- Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians (people walking). When riding on a path, a sidewalk or through an intersection, bicycle riders must yield to or let walkers go first.
- Bicyclists must pass slower traffic or pedestrians (walkers) on the left. Ring a bike bell or shout out "on your left" when passing slower traffic or people walking. If you let them know you are passing, then they won't accidentally step in front of you or let their dog run in front of you.
- Bicyclists must use lights at night. At dusk or at dark, you must have both a headlight and a rear reflector on your bike. We also highly recommend a rear light. More than 50 percent of bicycle crashes happen at night. Using a headlight and a rear light is smart bicycling.
- Ride single file when appropriate. You must ride single file when around traffic (cars or people walking) so that you don't clog the flow of other traffic.
The above safety content was provided by Bicycle Colorado.