Vermont schools can now borrow the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart trailer -- full of kids' bikes and all equipment and supplies needed for on-bike skills trainings -- at NO CHARGE other than a small delivery fee. The trailer includes everything you need to teach bike skills to kids in grades 3 through 8.
Kohl's Kids Bike Smart is a partnership between the Kohl's Cares program. and the Vermont Children's Hospital, with funding provided by Kohl's Department Stores. Kohl's Kids Bike Smart is powered by Local Motion, Northwest Vermont's walk-bike advocates, under contract with the Vermont Children's Hospital.
Here is what the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart equipment loaner program includes:
We will deliver the trailer to a school and leave it there for one to two weeks (depending on trailer availability and number of kids to be trained). Our staff are available to troubleshoot and answer questions by phone throughout the program. When all trainings had been completed, we will take the trailer to the next school.
We are now accepting requests for the trailer for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in requesting the trailer for next year, fill out the 2014-2015 Fall and Spring Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Trailer Request Form*
IBM and Fletcher Allen have helped Local Motion secure a second Bike Smart trailer, complete with 35 bikes, to expand the Bike Smart program.
Last week, IBMers teamed up to build the Bike Smart bikes. This is a long-standing tradition at IBM, where participants bedeck themselves in costumes, bring their own cheerleaders, and compete to build kids' bikes!
This year, Local Motion was the lucky recipient of the 35 bikes. North Star Sports was on hand to help out with the final tweaks and to check over the bikes after the competition is over.
We are very excited to offer the second trailer to schools starting this spring. We have had more demand than we can fill with one trailer, and two trailers will almost cover the demand for this program in PE classes.
A big thanks to Fletcher Allen, IBM and North Star for making this second trailer possible!