Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison, the local branch of a national bike-giving nonprofit, is going into its pilot season under enthusiastic leadership.

“The process is, we collect them, we refurbish them, and we give them away,” said Andy Quant, (pictured here) executive director and founder of Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison. “It’s pretty simple.”

Free Bikes 4 Kids came out of the garage of original founder Terry Esau when the program started in Minneapolis about seven years ago. Esau and his friends saw the need for donating bikes to kids that can’t afford them, or just can’t afford one every time they grow out of the bike they have.

“There’s a lot of kids who won’t have the opportunity to own their own bike, or a lot of times, ever experience that feeling that so many of us had,” Quandt said.

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