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Intelligentsia Cup partners to provide 75 free bikes for kids

August 25, 2022

Working Bikes, Spin scooters, Chicago's SAFE Ambassadors and 27th Ward work together to make a child's dream come true

Chicago, IL, August 25, 2022/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ –The annual 27th Ward Community Day and Stay in School event this Saturday, August 27, from 10:00am-4:00pm at Union Park will feature a bike giveaway! Working Bikes, Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors and the Intelligentsia Cup have partnered with Chicago Neighbor’s United to provide 75 free bikes and helmets to children on a first come, first served basis.

Bikes will be given to children ages 2-10, or under 5’ tall, all provided through Working Bikes, a nonprofit organization which has been giving refurbished bikes new homes for over 23 years. The bike giveaway will take place at 10 am, at Union Park tennis courts, located near the intersection of N. Ogden Ave. and W. Randolph St., in Chicago.

“Chicago Neighbor’s United and I are thrilled to partner with Working Bikes, Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors, and Spin scooters to distribute bikes to future voters of the 27th Ward,” said Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.

Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors and Spin scooters will be onsite to offer free helmets and proper fittings.

The Intelligentsia Cup is a 10 day race series in and around Chicagoland. Their 10th anniversary race series just concluded July 31st , in the West Fulton Market District of the 27th Ward.

“We’re honored to be a part of this special event, which brings the community together, and provides kids with a bike, which is something every child cherishes. ” – Marco Colbert, Race Director, Intelligentsia Cup

In addition to a bike giveaway, the Community Day and Stay in School event will feature several fun, family-friendly activities throughout the day like: free food, book bag giveaway, haircuts, children’s tent, etc.

About Chicago Neighbor’s United: Chicago Neighbors United develops inner-city youth by encouraging them to forge ahead in their educational endeavors. We prepare students to learn and outfit them with the tools they need for success in and out of the classroom. One of the programs of CNU is the Stay in School Picnic, which has provided underprivileged inner-city youth with food, school, supplies, and gift certificates to help them throughout the school year. This needed program was established in 1995, and is an annual event which draws over 2,000 participants.

About Working Bikes: Working Bikes gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities. Since its inception in 1999, the amazing community of Working Bikes volunteers, staff, partners, and supporters have enabled new life for 100,000 bicycles across the globe and tens of thousands here in Chicago. Over one hundred thousand people have been empowered to access resources and opportunities that otherwise could have been out of reach – reducing waste, lessening pollution, and improving health in the process. We know that bicycles are the most reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation option available, and we’re working towards a world where everyone has access to bicycle transportation, whether in Africa or Chicago!

About Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors: The SAFE Ambassadors work to help Chicagoans envision and achieve a safe, comfortable and healthy public transportation space—no matter how they get around. Our motto: Streets Are For Everybody. We promote traffic safety for students and community members year-round, shifting focus with the seasons. In the summer, we provide free biking lessons, and during the school year we offer pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist safety education for all levels.

About Intelligentsia Cup: The Intelligentsia Cup is a 10-day bicycle racing series in and around Chicagoland. The 2022 venues included: West Dundee, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Mundelein, Lombard, South Chicago, Northbrook, Elgin, Lake Bluff, and West Fulton Market in Chicago. This exciting series attracts elite and amateur cyclists from all over America and around the world, and is the largest competitive road series in the country. Intelligentsia Cup recently joined the American Criterium Cup, a series of criteriums that share a vision to elevate the stature of American criterium racing and create engaging events that are spectator-friendly, and great for the communities in which races are staged. American Criterium Cup events are live streamed on the Outside online network.

About Spin: Spin is a shared mobility company currently operating dockless electric scooters in Chicago. Spin has been recognized for launching the first stationless mobility program in the United States and was instrumental in crafting the world’s first mobility permit system. As a technology company that powers individual mobility for the benefit of all and strategically collaborates to reshape policy and redesign urban life, our mission is to create a world full of 15-minute cities—and to bring those cities to life by moving people freely through their streets.