Kick The Training Wheels Off With These Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a bike for my child?
Virtually all of our bikes are given away through a network of non-profits, community organizations, churches and schools. The best way to get a bike is to contact one of these types of organizations in your neighborhood and ask if they are connected with FB4K. If not, ask them to consider getting involved with FB4K. Organizations can apply for bikes here.
How do I donate a bike?
Bikes can be dropped off at … or go to our Donate a Bike page.
What kind of bikes is FB4K looking for?
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is looking for new or gently used bikes of any size (including tricycles and scooters)—child or adult. We are looking for bikes that are in good rideable condition and need minimal work in order to get them looking and running well. We are not looking for bikes that are rusted, missing wheels, bent wheels, or basically in “tough” shape. We want to give away bikes that look good and are safe and fun to ride. Plus we do not have the time or resources to fix up severely damaged bikes.
Is FB4K a non-profit? Can I contribute financially to FB4K and help get more bikes to kids?
Yes. And yes. We are a registered non-profit. We gladly accept contributions of any size. We spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 to get each bike in tip top shape, so your donation will help get more bikes to more kids. Visit our GoFundMe page where you will be able to make a donation online using your credit card. We also have a fundraiser through Classy which provides matching funds – so you can double your donation. Or, if you would rather, you can send a check to our mailing address, also listed on our Contact page.
I would like to volunteer my time to help. What can I do?
We need volunteers to clean, repair, and help us give away bikes each year. We love people who have mad bike repair skills, but if you don’t have that ability, we still desperately need you. If you can wash and shine a bike, we need you. If you can pump up tires we need you. If you can change tires and lube chains and hubs, we need you. If you can help us move, load, and unload bikes, we need you.
Here’s what you do. Go to the Volunteer page and register. You can register as an individual, or you can register a whole group that you are bringing along with you. You can choose the day and the time slot, and you can tell us what your skill level is.
How does my non-profit, community organization, church, or school get on FB4K’s radar so that we can be recipients of bikes?
You can Apply 4 Bikes online and tell us about your organization—what you do, where you are located, your history, if you are a registered non-profit, etc. We will connect you with our Bike Recipient Coordinator, who is in charge of coordinating and facilitating this process. Past benefitting organizations must re-apply each year.
I don’t live in San Diego, but would like to start a Free Bikes 4 Kidz affiliate in my city. Can you help me do that?
Great question. Yes…and no. We get asked this question all the time, and we are getting very close to making that a reality. Please stay in touch with Terry Esau (terry@FB4K.org), the national FB4K Executive Director.
I work in the media and would like to help tell your story. Who should I contact?
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we would be happy to talk with you or connect you with others in the organization. We believe we have a great success story that has only just begun. Thanks for helping us spread the word.