On July 6th, onbikes teamed up with AXA Advisors to build and deliver a fleet of new bicycles to the Starting Right Now’s Pinellas facility. Starting Right Now is an organization that ends homelessness for youth by providing one-on-one mentoring, a stable home, assisting with employment opportunities, teaching financial literacy/life skills and promoting educational achievement.
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A young boy who is living with spina bifida received a big surprise from Tampa Police officers and community donors. Alexi, 10, thought he was going to a doctor’s appointment on June 1, but instead, his family brought him to the Tampa Police Department’s downtown headquarters where he received his first bike.
The adaptive tricycle that he received is designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities such as spina bifida. Alexi exclaimed “awesome” with a huge burst of excitement when he opened his eyes and saw the customized bike in front of him. Officers assigned to the department’s Bicycle Unit set up a simple course on Franklin Street, where Alexi was able to test out his new set of wheels. Representatives from the onbikes organization, University Bicycle Center, and Spectra Healthcare Management teamed up to help purchase and assemble the $1500 Sun Seeker trike. They stood next to Alexi’s family members to cheer him on as he cruised through the course.
On June 21st, the Tampa Police Department presented onbikes with a Citizen’s Appreciation Award for their part in helping to bring Alexi his first bike.