kids on bikes

Our Story

Freedom, joy, health and friendship. Kids on Bikes mission is to inspire and empower all kids to lead healthy, active, and happy lives through bicycling.

Letting kids be kids

The freedom, joy, health and friendship that come from exploring your neighborhood by bike is one many of us cherish. In addition there are tremendous health benefits from riding your bike everyday.  We want to make biking possible for kids from all walks of life, regardless of income. We believe that by transforming communities, one neighborhood at a time, we can make an incredible impact in the lives of children.

Our top three priorities that will allow all children to own and ride a bike are to provide access to rideable bikes, to empower children in bike safety and to encourage kids and families to ride more frequently.

Learn more about how we make that happen.


our history

Inspire & empower

In 2005 Paige Carmichael started Kids on Bikes as a way to bring the joy and health of biking to deserving kids.

Paige recognized the detrimental state of youth health and believed a bicycle could be a tool to reverse the trend of childhood obesity.  She believed that all children should have the chance to experience the freedom, confidence and joy that a bike brings to kids.

What started as a dream to bring the joy of a bike to more kids has grown into an inspirational and motivational organization that transforms children’s lives. Four core priorities have been developed to utilize a bike as a mechanism to motivate kids to live healthier lives.

Over time as we grew up and gained a true sense of what it means for kids to bike, we realized that it’s really about community.  Growing from a sole focus of providing bikes to kids in need, we are now integrating families, neighbors and schools to create a true sense of community as you explore the world by bike.  We have three distinct priorities however they each intertwine to allow for neighborhood inclusion.  Our mission is to inspire and empower kids to lead healthy, active and happy lives through biking and our top priorities to achieve that are providing access to road ready bikes, empowering kids in bike safety and healthy living and creating community through biking.

  • Paige Carmichael
  • Deb Mahan
  • Aimee Pickett
  • Mari Holden
  • Carey Wall Stark
  • Jolly Wall
  • Lisa Voight
  • Lizanne Stableford

Our impact

Click the link below to see where we are having an impact within the community.

The power of a bicycle

We know that in order to create true change, we must have a focused and direct approach to have a meaningful impact in neighborhoods, where kids live, play and go to school.

We know that there are many kids who don’t own a bike and won’t experience the joy of riding it.  But we also know that we have to create a community where kids and families embrace biking and go on adventures around the neighborhood and to local parks and trails. Our three priorities are aligned so that we remove barriers to biking and empower kids, families and communities to pedal toward a healthier future.

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The next 5 years

In 2015 we celebrated 10 years at Kids on Bikes and we’ve got some big plans in store for the next five years. We believe in developing Colorado Springs as a better place for bicycling while engaging kids as the future of our city.

Open the Community Bicycling Center

Activate neighborhoods around bicycling

Create an inclusive community who bikes

Get more kids pedaling

Partner to develop healthy, active kids

See our entire plan

See exactly how we hope to achieve the goals outlined above in our 5 year strategic plan.