Bike Dojo’s Bike Distribution Day  will be held at noon, March 24 at the Bike Dojo. The event marks the first round of bike giveaways for Project B.I.K.E. (Believe In Kids’ Exercise). Bikes will be donated to children ages 5-15 who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. The event will also feature an official proclamation by Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane.

The Bike Dojo's grand opening was in 2011. Photo credit: Karen Kefauver.

“Our goal is to give away over 100 bikes this year. We couldn’t be more excited about our first giveaway”, says Rob Mylls, owner of Bike Dojo. “We’re going to have a Bike Distribution Day each month where kids can pick out their new bikes.”

Bike Dojo partners with Beach Flats Community Center, a non-profit program of Community Bridges, who is instrumental in promoting the program and finding kids to participate.

Working together with a common vision will enable Bike Dojo, and the cycling community of Santa Cruz, to give more to children in need and make a real difference.  “We are really grateful to our sponsors.  Their contribution makes a huge difference and we are excited to have such amazing local business who care as much as we do who want to be a part of something extraordinary,” says Mylls.

New Leaf Community Markets, Ow Properties, Spokesman Bicycles, Woodstock’s Pizza, By Marisa Catering, and the Santa Cruz Good Times are major sponsors.

To learn more about Project B.I.K.E., visit Bike Dojo’s website at www.thebikedojo.com, and check out their video for the charity at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KuIhhqKLR0. — Karen Kefauver