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Students in Guadalupe receive free bikes, training through educational program

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jan 27, 2020

Students in Guadalupe learned how to safely ride and maintain bikes through an educational program at Mary Buren Elementary School Monday.

The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition serves 12 schools throughout Santa Barbara County, thanks to the Audacious Foundation.

The foundation started sponsoring Mary Buren this school year.

Ten lucky kids received a free bike, helmet and lock with the training Monday.

They were taught how to correctly put on a helmet as well as check tire pressure, breaks, steering, pedals and chain.

"Riding a bike brings so much benefit to a child. Obviously, the first thing we think about, they get exercise, they are outside, they stay healthy but you also learn to discover the community by bike," said Christine Bourgeois, education director of the bicycle coalition in Santa Barbara.

During the five week program, 295 kids were served and 135 of those kids didn't know how to ride a bike.

Each year, more than 4,000 students are served by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.

The Audacious Foundation helps children reach their full potential by supporting non-academic programs including biking, swimming, outdoor education, ropes courses, school gardens, arts education and dance, science camps, orthodontia, and more.