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In 2011, Children's Hospital Colorado launched Bikes For Life, a program created to help kids develop healthy lifestyle habits through bicycling. Bikes For Life provides bikes and safety training to more than 300 children in the Denver-Metro area per year. Bikes For Life has partnered with BikeSource to host the bicycle distribution and safety clinics for the children enrolled in the program.
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.
Bikes For Life is proudly supported by community members including United Healthcare, BikeSource, Boys and Girls Clubs of Denver Metro, Every Child Pediatrics, Bicycle Colorado, Dong's Cycling Pals, Bike Depot, Denver Regional Council of Governments and Northeast Transportation Connections.
Sponsoring a child is a way to participate in Bikes For Life. You can provide a low-income child in the program with a bicycle, helmet, lock, odometer, bicycle education, and one year of program support for $400. Learn how you can sponsor a child or donate to the program.
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Children's 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.
Use the Two-Finger Test to make sure you have your helmet on properly.
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.
The above safety content was provided by Bicycle Colorado.