SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 14, 2019) — GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s non-profit bike-share system, donated 1,100 winter clothing items to the Volunteers of America’s Homeless Youth Resource Center after the completion of its “Basket Bolt” charity bike ride today.
For every rider that completed the Basket Bolt circuit, GREENbike donated 100 new winter gear items to the VOA. All items donated by GREENBike include adult beanies, adult gloves, adult socks, children's beanies, children's gloves, children's socks, and hand warmers.
“We wanted to create an opportunity for residents to get together, have a good time, get on bikes and, most importantly, give back,” said GREENbike Founder and Director Ben Bolte.
The GREENbike team donated a total of 300 beanies, 228 pairs of adult gloves, 248 pairs of adult socks, 120 pairs of children’s gloves, 84 pairs of children's socks, and 210 hand warmers.
This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Salt Lake City Arts, Culture, and Events Fund.
“The Mayor’s Office is proud to support hundreds of community events through our ACE Fund,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “The purpose of this fund is to support organizations who are creating innovative and meaningful ways for Salt Lake City residents to come together, and GREENbike has certainly created that with the Basket Bolt.”
Beginning at Pioneer Park, riders biked to 5 different GREENbike stations to collect winter clothing items (provided by GREENbike) before returning to the beginning of the circuit.
The 11 Basket Bolt riders included members of the general public, annual GREENbike members, and Former Executive Director of the Pioneer Park Coalition David Garbett.