Free bikes create a new freedom for many in West Michigan

Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-04 17:02:52-04

ROCKFORD, Mich. – Free bikes were given out to dozens of families in the Rockford community, thanks to the generosity of the traveling non-profit called, Freedom in Motion.

The group is dedicated to helping the less fortunate find a means of transportation, completely free of charge. The group repairs used and donated bikes, giving them away to people in need of reliable transportation. Saturday, they gave away more than 30 bikes. Derek Rust, Executive Director of Freedom in Motion, said the non-profit has given away almost 200 bikes altogether.

“If you have a need, we don’t ask any questions,” said Rust. “You can come on by and get a bike.”

Many families we spoke with were grateful for the generosity.

“All the kids just had their birthday’s and they all wanted bikes, and I just couldn’t afford it,” said Mary Jones. “So coming down here and being able to get a couple of bikes for them really made our day.”

Freedom in Motion said they’re blessed when they give a child a bike, but started the non-profit after noticing the need for reliable transportation.

“We get in our car and go to the grocery store, school, or church,” said Rust. “But for a lot of people that is not the reality.”

Freedom in Motion thrives on donations of any kind and invite you to join their cause by clicking the link, changing lives one bike at a time.