to build a unique new float for Gasparilla 2018. onbikes is a non-profit organization that builds and delivers new bicycles and helmets to at-risk and foster children in the Tampa Bay area.
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Each year, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla works to bring unique and diverse groups into the festivities.
This year, a new organization joins the Parade of Pirates. On Bikes is a 501(c)3 with a mission of donating new bicycles to at risk children. Jeff Lenderman is on the board of On Bikes and joined after a charity bike ride.
“I thought to myself, ‘this is an unbelievable movement.’ This whole thing where there is a philosophy of giving, not taking, being part of the community and giving bikes that our at risk youth and kids that are in foster care,” said Lenderman.
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The 7th Annual Onbikes Winter Wonder Ride will bring Christmas to Bayshore Boulevard.
As an official parade, the street will be shut down as thousands of people dressed as Santas, elves, reindeer, gingerbread men and more pedal their bikes from Curtis Hixon Park to Bay to Bay Boulevard and back.
“We’ll come back and have a giant dance party with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Salt and Pepa. It’s going to be absolutely amazing,” explained Julius Tobin, co-founder of Onbikes.
Julius Tobin has a full-time job, but his full-time passion is giving bikes to kids in need in the Tampa Bay community.
“It’s not just the kids,” said Tobin. “It’s the parents too. Some of these parents wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide anything for these kids. Just think about the impact for them.”
TAMPA — In 2014 when Jenine Morehouse came across a Facebook post for OnBikes, a local nonprofit organization looking for volunteers to help build bikes for kids, she had no idea it would take her on a cross country cycling ride that would change her forever.
“A few friends and I went to the 8 p.m.-midnight bike build shift in a small warehouse with the members of Onbikes,” Morehouse said. “The positive attitudes and energy of everyone there was so inspiring.”
Onbikes is a Tampa-based non-profit organization that raises money toward the purchase of bicycles and helmets for foster children through their annual Winter Wonder Ride. The mission of Onbikes is to restore the self-confidence, health and overall well-being of at-risk children in the community by providing these children with bicycles.