October 24 – Northwestern College graduate Terry Esau ’78, Surprise Me author/speaker and musician who made a living writing thousands of commercial jingles for hundreds of clients, has turned his life-long passion for cycling into the nonprofit Free Bikes for Kidz, now the largest distributer of free bikes in the country.
A self-described “bikeaholic” with the scars to prove it, Esau and other passionate cyclists who loved giving as much as riding launched Free Bikes 4 Kidz in 2008. Geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need, Free Bikes 4 Kidz collects used (or new) bikes, recruits volunteers to refurbish them and gives them away to kids in need.
Last December Free Bikes 4 Kidz donated 1,500 bikes to kids in the Twin Cities for Christmas. This Christmas season they aim to donate 5,000 bikes in Minnesota and in 2012 plan to expand to other cities. Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Life Time Fitness, Penn Cycle, Bachman’s and Nice Ride MN have partnered with Free Bikes 4 Kidz.
To learn more or to donate an unused bike, visit www.fb4k.com