CAN’d Aid Teams Up with Cigar City Brewing to Build Bikes

101  Bikes to be Donated to Local First Graders at Tampa Blvd Elementary

WHAT: Cigar City Brewing and the CAN’d Aid Foundation have teamed up to build and donate bikes to 101 underprivileged children in Tampa, FL. After volunteers convene to build the bikes, the entire first grade class at Tampa Blvd Elementary, a Title I school, will receive a new bike and helmet. Jeff Lenoksy, a world-class professional freeride and trials mountainbike rider, will also treat students to a wheelie-filled stunt demo and bike safety training.

Community volunteers are needed to help build the bikes at Cigar City Brewing – where food, beer and all tools necessary to build the bikes will be provided. Volunteers are invited to join Cigar City Brewing representatives and CAN’d Aid at Tampa Boulevard Elementary to help distribute bikes, fit helmets and adjust seats for each of the students.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 24 at Cigar City Brewing

6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Build bikes

  • Beer, food and tools provided for all volunteers

Thursday, May 25 at Tampa Boulevard Elementary

12:45 P.M. CAN’d Aid Foundation makes surprise announcement that students each students will receive a brand new bicycle

1:00 P.M. Jeff Lenosky gives bike demo

1:15 P.M. Bikes are distributed to students

WHERE: Bike build will occur at Cigar City Brewing, 3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, FL

  • Bike donation will occur at Tampa Bay Blvd Elementary, 3111 W Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL


WHY:     Cigar City Brewing is a nationally certified Bike Friendly Business, working to improve regional pedestrian infrastructure in Tampa Bay . They are partnered with organizations including the Vision Zero initiative, Walk Bike Tampa Bay, Bike/Walk Tampa Bay, On Bikes and Cyclovia to make the city more accessible for bikes. The donation is also in support of the CAN’d Aid Foundation TREADS + TRAILS initiative, which focuses on getting people outside. Since its inception in 2013, more than $2.6 million has been raised to support “do-goodery” efforts.

Justin Clark at Cigar City, “Cigar City Brewing has always been excited to do what we can to encourage and promote safe cycling in the Tampa Bay region, so teaming up with Can’d Aid and Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School was a natural partnership. Working to help provide an entire grade of elementary students with new bicycles and helmets continues to be a rewarding experience for the whole team. We hope to see more programs like this benefit the area.”

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