Realities For Children facing bike shortage for annual Bikes for Tykes drive

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A Northern Colorado nonprofit is in desperate need of donated bikes as the distribution day of its Bikes for Tykes drive nears. 

The Realities For Children drive, which gives a new or refurbished bike and brand new helmet to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Larimer County, is short an estimated 175 to 190 bikes. The deadline for donating a bike is Dec. 6.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Bikes for Tykes distribution plan has changed. In past years, the drive ended with a free-for-all bike distribution day where eligible children gathered en masse to pick from hundreds of donated bikes. 

Now, Realities For Children will do a drive-through distribution, with every bike already set aside for participating children. That means the nonprofit must have a set number of specifically sized bikes.

Realities For Children is largely in need of bikes for its older children, according to a news release from the nonprofit. Donations of 20- and 24-inch child-sized bikes, 13- to 15-inch bikes and 15- to 16-inch adult-sized bikes are especially needed.

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Bikes for Tykes, in its 25th year, typically gives out hundreds of bikes to children in need. This year, 338 children are set to receive a bike through the program. 

New bikes can be dropped off at Realities For Children’s distribution center, 308 E. County Road 30, by Dec. 9.

Gently used bikes can be dropped off at the distribution center by Dec. 6. Other collection sites for gently used bikes (dropped off by Dec. 6) are:

Fort Collins Bike Co-Op,1501 N. College Ave., Fort Collins

The Phoenix Cyclery, 1532 E. Mulberry St., Suite D, Fort Collins

Trek Bicycle North, 202 W. Laurel St., Fort Collins

Trek Bicycle South, 931 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins

Recycled Cycles, 4031 S. Mason St., Fort Collins

Breakaway Cycles, 2237 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland

Scheels, 4755 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Johnstown

Trek Bicycle Johnstown, 4880 Thompson Pkwy., Unit 110, Johnstown

For more information on Bikes for Tykes, visit rfcBikesforTykes.com.

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