Christmas came early and on two wheels for some kids in Ogden.
On Monday evening, a dozen families lined up outside of the Ogden Bicycle Collective in Central Ogden. The nonprofit bike shop and cycling advocacy group gave away free children's bikes to local kids during two events in December.
Amanda Haskell was the first person in line Monday evening, well before the doors opened. While many people came with their kids, Haskell came alone so she could keep the bikes a surprise for her three children until Christmas morning.
"They are going to be stoked," said Haskell. "They've been wanting bikes for a while and they're just too expensive."
The collective gave away 20 used bikes on Monday and another 16 earlier in the month according to Director Danielle Fry.
Fry, along with Youth Program Coordinator Lulu Avila, started the bike giveaway in order to expand on the collective’s mission to promote bicycling, especially amongst children and in low-income communities. All of the bicycles donated to the shop in various conditions. They were cleaned up and repaired by volunteers and students in the collective’s mechanics classes before the giveaway events.
While the in-shop bike giveaway was started as a holiday event, Fry says they hope to make it monthly in 2018.