Walk ‘n Rollers , a non-profit organization empowering children to bike, walk, skate and scoot to and from school more often, kicked off their 10th anniversary celebration by donating 10 bicycles to members of Boys & Girls Club. The bikes were distributed at the Walk ‘n Rollers 10-Year Anniversary Festival on March 19, 2022, at the Wende Museum in Culver City.
As part of the event, the organization honored Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell with the annual Golden Sneaker award to commemorate her efforts in environmental justice. The Golden Sneaker award recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals who have committed to positive change in active transportation. LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell was chosen for the Golden Sneaker because of her work to champion sustainability. She has advocated to remove urban oil fields, end fracking practices, and equip kids in need with new bikes and helmets for school travel.
“The Walk ‘n Rollers anniversary festival represents the best of what our organization has to offer to communities – fun, activity, safety and environmentalism for kids and their families,” said Jim Shanman, founder and executive director, Walk ‘n Rollers. “When we empower younger generations with the tools and knowledge for safe and active modes of transportation, we are creating healthier and livelier neighborhoods and neighbors.”
Walk ‘n Rollers is donating bicycles through its bike repair hub that works with volunteers to collect and refurbish used bikes for redistribution to families in need. Started in early 2020 because of the pandemic, the program has distributed 150 bicycles to date. The hub and its programs include student trainings and workshops to provide instruction in bike mechanics and bike safety.
New event sponsors include Footnote Group, Ting, That’s It, Co-Opportunity Market, Culver Palms YMCA, and Polar Bottle. They join previously announced sponsors Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP, Culver City Rotary Foundation, The Culver Studios, The Wende Museum, Sony Studios, Micro Kickboard, Prevelo Bikes, Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA), and Alta Planning + Design. The family-oriented outdoor event will feature BMX and pro scooter showcases, roller skating demos, bike skills workshops, group rides, and more.
Other activities at the Walk ‘n Rollers 10-Year Anniversary Festival included bike repair services, family rides to local neighborhoods and walking tours to Ballona Creek.
Walk ‘n Rollers is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization working with government agencies, school districts and urban planning/environmental engineering firms in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. It engages local communities, including children and parents, to safely and responsibly use alternative modes of transportation. For more info, go to (http://walkmorebikemore.org)
Photo credit – Keira Foster