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Prepare to Pedal… It's Time for Bike Back to School!


BikeBacktoSchool400x209DES MOINES, IOWA – July 24, 2019 - Des Moines Police Department, Des Moines Bicycle Collective and Des Moines Parks and Recreation present an opportunity for children to bring home a free bike after learning how to safely ride it. Bike Back to School is expected to put smiles on the faces of youngsters for the third time.

The annual event is Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Des Moines Police Station (25 E 1st Street, West entrance). Free bikes will be provided to the first 75 children (based on qualifications for free and reduced school lunch). After finding a bike, kids can test their riding skills on a safety course guided by Des Moines police officers. Free helmets and locks are provided by Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa. Fareway Food Stores is donating hot dogs and more for participants to enjoy.

Schedule of events:

  • 75 bikes will be given away to kids ages 5 to 12
  • 75 free helmets provided by Variety – The Children’s Charity
  • Bike safety course operated by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective
  • Burgers and Hot Dogs courtesy of Fareway Food Stores
  • Group trail ride at 10:30 a.m. 

Benjamin R. Page
Director, Parks and Recreation

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.” Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous recreational facilities. In addition, we offer programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events. For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (, Facebook (, Twitter (@desmoinesparks) and Instagram (