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Dozens of kids receive new bikes thanks to the Billings community

Posted at 4:40 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:54:28-04

BILLINGS – A 20 year tradition of giving kids the chance to ride a bike, continued on Saturday at Pioneer Park.

About 120 kids either received a new bike or had their current one tuned up after the long winter at the annual bike rodeo.

The Billings Kiwanis partnered with the Parks and Recreation Department, along with local bike shops and The Salvation Army.

Many of the new bikes given to kids, kindergarten through 3rd grade, were donated by the public.

The moment of a child hopping on their bike brought happiness to more than just the kid.

“It’s a joy as i see the wonderment of getting on a new bike and being challenged to ride it and then going to an area where we have bikes safety, instruction, and hand signals, and an obstacle course and the kids have fun coming and going,” said Bill Clagg, Billings Kiwanis Club Board of Directors. “The expression and smiles on faces is a joy.”

You can help gear up for next year’s event by donating bikes your child has grown out of to one of the local bicycle shops in town.

Reporting by Dustin Klemann for MTN News