I got a call a few weeks ago from Bicycling Magazine to photograph an event they were holding here in town. If you read the magazine, you might already be aware of the Biketown project that they do. In short the Biketwon project aims to put bikes in the hands of people who will use them to positively change their lives. To enter the giveaway, particiapants only needed to write a short essay answering the following question: " How could a new bike change your life?".
30 winners were chosen here and they all left on new Jamis bicycles. Jamis donates the bikes, and MetLife contributes financially as well. This is the 9th year of Biketown and nearly 3,000 bkes have been given away across the nation. Pretty cool.
I'm not sure of everyone's story about why they needed or wanted a bike, but I got a sense that a handful of these winners were really going to benefit largely from this. I like being a part of stuff like that. I tip a hat to Bicycling, Jamis and MetLife--I've always recalled hearing :"to whom much is given, much is required". Makes sense.