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Bike eventParticipants prepared to ride in a bike benefit last weekend in Waterway Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
Recently, a bike event happened in Wyandotte County. The events were the Cathedral Gran Fondo and the Cathedral Criterium. The events were on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18, at Waterway Park in Kansas City, Kan.
This is a benefit to help support FreeWheels for Kids, a local charity in Wyandotte County. Participants who rode paid $25 per rider, under 18 paid $10 and FreeWheels graduates ride free.
FreeWheels for Kids was started in 2011 and was incorporated in January 2012 in Kansas City, Kan. This is a program that is designed for kids in the urban core of Kansas City. Recreational opportunities for children are limited at best, according to the group. Parents are concerned about gangs, traffic, violence and a lack of infrastructure to support safe travel. Combined with low-income levels these conditions severely limit the ability of families to seek out healthy opportunities for children, according to the organization.
FreeWheels for Kids wants to change that. The group teaches the youth to repair bicycles and ride safely in order to increase exercise and fight obesity, provide mobility and provide leadership opportunities for the youth.
Through their earn-a-bike classes, youth in low-income neighborhoods repair bikes for younger children and earn a refurbished bike, helmet and tools.
More information about the events are at cathedralcriterium.blogspot.com, cathedralgranfondo.blogspot.com and www.freewheelsKC.org.