Children's Hospital Colorado

Bikes For Life

Changing kids' lives, one bike at a time

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.

Why bicycling?

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 United HealthcareBikeSource, Boys and Girls Clubs of Denver Metro, Every Child PediatricsBicycle Colorado, Dong's Cycling Pals, Bike DepotDenver 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.

To learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities, sign up for our quarterly newsletter.

Bike donation drives

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.

Does your helmet fit correctly?

Use the Two-Finger Test to make sure you have your helmet on properly.

  1. Place two fingers between your eyebrows and the bottom of the helmet. Only two fingers should fit in this space.
  2. Place two fingers underneath each ear in a "V" shape (this is where the straps should go).
  3. 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% 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.

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Bikes For Life community partners

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Northeast Transportation Connections (formerly Stapleton TMA) logo.Specialized LogoRocky Mountain Youth Clinics logo