BOISE -- More than 100 low-income kids from the Treasure Valley got free, refurbished bikes and new helmets at the Whitney Community Center on Saturday.
The giveaway is all part of the 2nd annual 'Bikes for Kids' event.
Most kids attending were under 12 years old. They were given bike locks and participated in a bike-safety course.
Organizers say many of the kids were refugees and the giveaway bikes are likely their only way of transportation.
Boise and the surrounding areas just have a ton of kids who actually need bikes, said James Hallyburton, Executive Director of the Boise Bicycle Project. We always tell people, we don't stop giving bikes away to kids because there's not enough kids, it's usually because there's not enough bikes. People start bringing the bikes in, our volunteers start fixing them up. Blue Cross makes it all happen, and the community comes together, and it turns out to be a great event.
This event was co-sponsored by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health and their Blue Cruise Charity Ride, Boise Bicycle Project, Boise Parks & Recreation and ProHelmet.