Bikes given to kids affected by Waldo Canyon Fire

Rana Novini, Anchor/Reporter, r.novini@krdo.com
POSTED: 03:01 PM MST Feb 23, 2013    UPDATED: 06:50 PM MST Feb 23, 2013 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A Colorado Springs-based nonprofit donated 15 bikes to children who were affected by last summer's Waldo Canyon Fire.

The organization "Kids on Bikes" made the donation Saturday to children whose bikes burned in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs.

Nikki McComsey with "Kids on Bikes" told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that a bicycle may not seem important to some, but can make a big difference in a child's health and confidence.

"The Mountain Shadows neighborhood has gone through so much in the last year, that having a bike to be able to go out and explore and create new memories and new experiences, it's just kind of starting over again," McComsey said.

Edward Collins, a parent and Mountain Shadows resident, lost his home to the fire.  His kids also lost their bikes.  He told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that he found it unbelievable that people would be so thoughtful.

"It's gonna be a lot of fun," Collins said.  "The kids just love riding bikes and they've been asking to ride them for the past few days so this will be great.  We're very appreciative."

6-year-old Ian Abernethy picked out a red and black bike from the selection of bicycles at the 8th Street Walmart in Colorado Springs.  He said his previous bike melted in the fire and he was excited to have a new bike without training wheels.

7-year-old Evan Reeves picked a green bike with aliens printed on the seat.

"It's really cool," Evan told KRDO NewsChannel 13. "Especially the aliens on the seat thing."

Money for the bikes was raised by The Kurt Rogers Memorial Ride, named for a 34-year-old Colorado Springs native who died in May 2005 while mountain biking in Moab, Utah.
    
The Waldo Canyon Fire killed two people and destroyed more than 340 homes, most of which were in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. The blaze was the most destructive in state history.