Monadnock Cycling Club Bikes for Kids
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Monadnock Cycling Club
The Monadnock Cycling Club (MCC) recently completed the fourth year of its Bikes for Kids campaign. The Club, in conjunction with Andy’s Cycle shop on Winchester Street in Keene, donated 11 bicycles and helmets to area kids. The Monadnock Cycling Club started the program to help get local kids out on bikes for transportation, fun and fitness. The Club works with the City of Keene Youth Services Department and Monadnock Family Services to identify children from families who otherwise would not be able to afford a bicycle.
Over the last 4 years, the club has donated over 35 bicycles to area kids. Andy's Cycle Shop sells new bikes to MCC at cost and donates its time to build the bikes and meet with the families to ensure the bike size and set up is appropriate. In addition to providing new bikes, the club distributes used bikes to kids and adults. Several bikes have been donated to adults who have a need for basic transportation.
The MCC is a non-profit 501-C-3 which seeks to promote, organize, educate, and facilitate safe and enjoyable cycling in the Monadnock region and to provide education of essential cycling techniques and skills, road safety, and bicycle maintenance.
The Club also organizes weekly group rides for cyclists of all ability levels, from people who are relatively new to cycling and are simply interested in a leisurely fitness ride, to advanced riders training for their next race. Weekly group rides, which are open to non-members as well as members, typically boast a turnout of 30-40 people. The club also offers occasional clinics on topics of interest such as safe cycling and group riding etiquette, tire changing and basic bicycle repairs, and nutrition for cyclists.
The club also was involved with the Keene Kiwanis’s Community Safety Day donating time and expertise to perform safety checks and make minor repairs to bicycles and is also sponsoring the Pedal for the Pantry ride to raise funds for The Keene Community Kitchen. The ride was scheduled for early June but was postponed to August due to the heavy rains washing out some of the roads along the route.
The club is able to give back to the community through the generous support of its’ sponsors including C&S Wholesale Grocers and Andy’s Cycle. For more information about the Monadnock Cycling Club visit their website and join them!