<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>History</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.18812"> <META name=ProgId content=FrontPage.Editor.Document> <META name="Microsoft Theme" content="blends 011"></HEAD> <BODY background=blegtext.gif aLink=#ff9900 link=#993300 bgColor=#cccccc text=#000000 vLink=#0000ff><!--mstheme--><FONT face="Trebuchet MS, Arial, Helvetica"> <P align=center><B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; FONT-SIZE: 18pt">&nbsp;</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 18pt"><FONT color=#0000ff>History<O:P> </O:P></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P><FONT color=#0000ff><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 18.0pt">In 2005 the City of Syracuse reached out to the community and asked for volunteers to create a program that would </SPAN>provide opportunities and options for inner-city, at-risk children.&nbsp; Our founder, Kathleen Oot-Quinn, answered that call.<BR>A businesswoman,&nbsp;Adventure&nbsp;Racer and Epic bike racer, Ms. Oot-Quinn saw the chance to start a unique program to motivate children through bike riding and racing.</FONT></P> <P><FONT color=#0000ff>While developing this concept, she discovered a very successful biking program in Portland, Oregon. </FONT><SPAN style="COLOR: windowtext"><O:P></O:P></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="COLOR: #0033ff; FONT-SIZE: 24pt">B</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">icycles and </SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: #0033ff; FONT-SIZE: 24pt">I</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">deas for </SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: #0033ff; FONT-SIZE: 24pt">K</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">ids </SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: #0033ff; FONT-SIZE: 24pt">E</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-SIZE: 13.5pt">mpowerment<O:P> </O:P></SPAN></P> <P><FONT color=#0000ff>Bicycles and Ideas for Kids Empowerment was created by&nbsp;the former director of the Portland State University cycling program and then the Cyclisme Racing Team<B>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>b.i.k.e</B>. was formed for the purpose of helping inner-city, at-risk children.&nbsp; It is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.</FONT></P> </FONT> <P><FONT color=#0000ff face="Trebuchet MS, Arial, Helvetica">Using this program as a model <B>b.i.k.e. Syracuse </B>was born.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Local businessmen, youth counselors and bike enthusiasts volunteered to become the staff and managers of this new organization.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>The Board of Education, Police Department and the Parks Department are all working together to help make <B>b.i.k.e. Syracuse </B>a success.</FONT></P> <FONT face="Trebuchet MS, Arial, Helvetica"> <P><FONT color=blue size=3 face="Trebuchet MS"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Trebuchet MS'; COLOR: blue; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Our goal is to Keep the children from entering the cycle of drugs, violence and crime and dropping out of school by providing a caring supportive environment.</SPAN></FONT></P> <P><FONT color=blue size=3 face="Trebuchet MS"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Trebuchet MS'; COLOR: blue; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">The b.i.k.e. experience provides a sense of belonging while working with the whole child building physical fitness, academic achievement, and self-discipline while having fun.&nbsp; Our program includes tutoring, excursions to parks, museums and races, participation in community and cultural events and breakfast and lunch on Saturdays. The bicycle is a tool that we use to encourage children to race after all kinds of dreams.&nbsp; It draws out the children's strength and courage, and challenges their fear.</SPAN></FONT></P> </FONT> <P><FONT color=#0000ff face="Trebuchet MS, Arial, Helvetica">We opened our doors with an enthusiastic group of 20 6th graders on May 3, 2006. Since then over 200 children have participated in our program.</FONT></P> <FONT face="Trebuchet MS, Arial, Helvetica"> <P><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">If you would like to become part of our volunteer family please contact us</SPAN>.<B><O:P> </O:P></B></P> <P>&nbsp;<O:P> </O:P></P> <P align=center>&nbsp;<B><FONT color=#ffffff size=3> <A href="index.html"><IMG border=0 src="Home.gif" width=100 height=30></A> </FONT></B><O:P></O:P></P><!--mstheme--></FONT></BODY></HTML>