UnitedHealthCare, Wish for Wheels team up to build bikes for kids

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 15:01:51-04

DENVER -- This year's Bike to Work Day event in Denver's CIvic Center Park featured one special booth building bikes for fun, instead of work.

UnitedHealthCare teamed up with the group Wish for Wheels to build 25 bikes for kids. The bikes will be delivered to students from Rocky Mountain Prep School at the start of the school year.

"When we deliver them we give them a helmet, and help fit it, and if they're new to biking we give them a little lesson as well," said Marc Neely, Vice President of Sales and Services for UnitedHealthCare.

Neely says the partnership makes sense for UnitedHealthCare since bikes are a great way to promote a healthy lifestyle. He says learning about exercise and health eating early on is important.

Wish for Wheels targets low income children attending Title I schools. Many of these children would not have access to bicycles if not for programs like this.