A Wish For Wheels w/ Brad Appel

For the past 16 years the Wish For Wheels non-profit based in Denver, CO has been connecting second-graders in title 1 schools in underserved communities across the country with the joy that a new bicycle brings. A few weeks ago John had the honor of interviewing Brad Appel, the founder and executive director of this amazing initiative.

Show Notes:

What are your earliest memories and emotions associated with riding a bike? For many of us the words fun, freedom, friends, excitement, and exhilaration come forward, however, for far too many kids a bike is just an unattainable dream. The Wish For Wheels program based in Denver, CO strives to get bikes to second graders in title 1 schools in underserved communities across the country.

In this episode, John has a discussion with Brad Appel, the Founder and Executive Director of this amazing initiative about how the simple gift of a bicycle can have such a profound and positive influence on children. We discuss how the program leverages corporate engagement and organizational teamwork in delivering the bikes as well as the various adjustments necessitated by the current Covid19 pandemic.

Additional Helpful Links:

Episode Landing Page on the Active Towns (bonus photos)

Bike Ride Podcast

Andy Boenau

Car-Free Fire Island, NY

PATH - Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii - Bike Ed Program

Woom Bikes - Active Towns Podcast Episode w/ Mathias Ihlenfeld


League of American Bicyclists

Bicycle Colorado

It Could Be Me - Active Towns Podcast Episode w/ Triny Willerton, Founder of It Could Be Me

Headsweats - The fabulous folks behind our Active Towns logo hats w/ retro-reflective side panels

PandanaUSA - The tube bandana people that produced our super cool custom micro-fiber neck gaiters

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.

Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2020

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You can reach John Simmerman at john@activetowns.org 

Music: Salted Popcorn by John McClung, Summer Fun by Ihor-Vitsinskyy, and Surprisingly Quirky by Sander Kalmeijer via Storyblocks.com

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