As a kid, there’s little that rivals the excitement of finding a shiny new bike under the tree on Christmas morning. That big red bow; those gleaming handlebars; the promise of fun, freedom and adventures to come – it’s a memory that stays with you forever.
Not every little person gets to experience this rite of passage, but they should. This is one of the many reasons we’re such huge fans of onbikes, the Tampa-based nonprofit dedicated to providing bicycles to at-risk and foster kids locally.
As well as the organization’s Bike Build drive, which sees volunteers congregate at The Tampa Bay Lightning’s Amalie Arena to assemble over 750 bikes for children in need on December 4, onbikes’ annual Winter Wonder Ride fundraiser has easily become one of our favorite events of the year.
This year, kicking off at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park at 2pm on Saturday December 10, you’re invited to Get Frosty by donning the craziest snowman combination you can think up before joining thousands of other cheer-making riders on a festive coast through our beautiful city.
When you’re finally pedaled out after a tour of downtown and Bayshore’s waterfront, the post-ride after party will offer a smörgåsbord of delicious eats and refreshments from your favorite local vendors, and a full music lineup featuring the likes of Big Boi from Outkast.
What more could a eggnog-fueled snowman want on a Saturday afternoon?
Nothing. That’s what.
Proceeds from the sixth annual Winter Wonder Ride go towards the purchase of bicycles and helmets for at-risk and foster kids throughout the Tampa Bay area this holiday season.
You can book your tickets here.
No bike? No problem. Grab a Coast Bike from one of the 33 hubs around town. The Coast Bike Share team will be out in force, too. We’ll be the ones eating too many Christmas cookies and busting out some classic 90s dance moves.
See you there!