Community Based Services (CBS) and the Diagnostic and Assessment Program (DAP) Staff of NFI Vermont are excited to team up with Tim and Tanya from Green Mountain Foster Bikes, a volunteer run non-profit program that refurbishes bicycles and donates them to kids in foster care. Green Mountain Foster Bikes, the brainchild of Tim Matthewson of Little City Cycles in Vergennes, VT, is getting bikes into the hands of as many foster youth as possible. Tim got the idea after a foster parent came into his shop to get a bike fixed for a youth in her home.
Staff met with Tim and Tanya in August to learn more about how we could develop a partnership and how to get bikes to our kids. Tim and Tanya shared their passion for bike riding and for the foster care youth who often cannot bring their belongings from one home to the next (especially a bike).
Tim rebuilds used, donated bikes and converts them into one-speed coaster brake bikes using new and used parts. After being rebuilt, these “magic bikes” need little-to-no maintenance, ensuring many hours of fun riding. Each kid also receives a brand new helmet, an air pump, a rag and oil for the chain of their new bike.
Tim has big goals and hopes. He wants a fleet of 500 Foster Bikes being ridden throughout Vermont in the next 5 years. Together, with our collaboration, we can help him get there one pedal at a time.
Green Mountain Foster Bikes, Tim Matthewson and Tanya Bashaw