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A community leader on the South Side is trying to bring back a time when kids are always outside riding bikes.

Angela Ford, the organizer of “Bronzeville Bike Builder,” says kids are indoors a lot more, and are distracted by the latest technology.

She is working with “Working Bikes” to give donated bicycles to children across Chicago and the rest of the world.

“We thought 500 was a significant number, and we can make a real impact on a culture of a new generation of riders,” says Ford.

“Working Bikes” collects and sends bikes to needy groups.

“By taking them from people who aren’t using them anymore, and giving them to people who can really benefit from them, it’s just a great way for people to empower themselves and improve their lives on their own,” says Marie Akderman, spokesperson of “Working Bikes.”

The loading dock is at 24th and Western, and is packed with hundreds of donated bikes.

The bicycles will be put in boxes and sent to parts of Chicago, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

“Working Bikes” gives away between 100 and 700 bikes a year in the city.

You can donate bikes through Saturday at the 2nd District Police station at 51st and Wentworth, or the 3rd Ward Alderman’s office at 50th and State.

More information:

Bronzeville Bike Builder

Working Bikes

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.