Northern Colorado nonprofit Realities for Children is short bikes this year for its annual Bikes for Tykes drive.
The annual event distributes new and refurbished bicycles and new helmets to children ages 2-17 who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or are at-risk in Larimer County.
This year is one of the largest request years in the event’s 27-year history, with 398 children hoping to get a bike, Realities for Children Executive Director Craig Secher told the Coloradoan. As of Nov. 22, the nonprofit was short 170 bikes.
All size bikes are accepted, but the largest need is for 24-inch and 26-inch bikes for children ages 12-17.
The nonprofit asks that used bikes have no rips, tears or chipped paint, according to its website. Because used bikes need to undergo a safety check and, if necessary, be repaired, those need to be donated by Dec. 3 to one of the following bike shop partners:
- Recycled Cycles, 4031 S. Mason St., Fort Collins; 970-223-1969
- The Phoenix Cyclery, 1532 E. Mulberry St., Suite D, Fort Collins; 970-493-4517
- Trek Bicycle North, 202 W. Laurel St., Fort Collins; 970-482-6006
- Trek Bicycle South, 931 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins; 970-226-6006
- Trek Bicycle Loveland, 4880 Thompson Parkway, Unit 110, Johnstown; 970-667-8735
New bikes can be dropped off at one of the partner bike shops or directly at Realities for Children, 308 E. County Road 30, Fort Collins, through Dec. 7.