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Dozens of bikes given away to kids at Union Park

75 refurbished bikes donated by Working Bikes Chicago found their way to children ages 2 to 10 at the West Loop event.

Dylan Jackson gets fitted for a helmet during a bike giveaway and safety camp event at Union Park Saturday morning.
Dylan Jackson gets fitted for a helmet during a bike giveaway and safety camp event at Union Park Saturday morning.
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Dozens of children rode away from Union Park happy on Saturday after a bike giveaway organized by Chicago Neighbors United.

In all, 75 refurbished bikes donated by Working Bikes Chicago found their way to children ages 2 to 10 at the West Loop event.

Each child getting a bike also got a new helmet, and some instruction in basic skills and bike safety through USA Cycling’s Let’s Ride program, led by Mari Holden, an Olympic medal-winning cyclist, as well as some bicycle safety ambassadors from the city’s Department of Transportation.

Amir Arnold rides a bike during a bike giveaway and bicycle safety camp event at Union Park on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.
Amir Arnold rides a bike during a bike giveaway and bicycle safety camp event at Union Park on Saturday.
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The safety camp was arranged with the help of the Intelligentsia Cup pro-am bicycle racing series, which conducts competitive bicycles races each summer in the Chicago area.

Working Bikes fixes up and distributes donated bikes, and also offers repair services.

A bicycle giveaway at Union Park on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 included free helmets and some instruction in bike safety.
A bicycle giveaway at Union Park on Saturday included free helmets and some instruction in bike safety.
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Darlena Burnett teaches Narsir Arnold to ride a bike during a bike giveaway and bicycle safety camp event at Union Park Saturday morning, Aug. 8, 2021.
Darlena Burnett teaches Narsir Arnold to ride a bike during a bike giveaway and bicycle safety camp event at Union Park Saturday morning.
Pat Nabong/Sun-Times