Some people are in business to make a profit, but Campus Cycles has a goal to make a difference in kids lives. They want everyone to discover the joy of cycling and they prove it by their actions. It’s always a joy to write about people who make a difference in the community, and this bicycle shop is a great example of how they reach out to help improve their corner of the world.
A great community story
It started when a local ministry called Reed Street Kids' Church in Denver bought a bicycle at a big national retailer for one of the neighborhood kids they minister to. Within a week, the bike was in need of repair and Tammy took it to Campus Cycles in Lakewood near her home. Campus Cycles told them the repair would cost more than what they paid for it, so they returned the bicycle to the big retailer for a refund.
Tammy, who is an urban youth missionary at Riverside Church, went back to Campus Cycles to look for another bike. She talked to Mark Velat, who is the owner and explained the situation that she works with dis-advantaged youth and that Abiel, 8 years old, had been riding a bike without a seat for two years and needed something reliable. Mark offered to sell her a bike for his cost and even provided all future servicing and repair work for free.
Campus Cycles donated their time and spare parts
Tammy was excited for a such a generous offer and then asked if he did community bike repair for kids, and Mark said "absolutely!" He then said he would be happy to help with an outreach to the kids that Tammy had planned. Mark and Brian showed up to the free bike repair and helmet giveaway and volunteered their time and efforts for three hours repairing about 30 bikes for the kids in the neighborhood. They also provided all the spare parts needed to repair the bikes for free.
As Tammy says, “Most of the kids that came that day are in very difficult home situations and so for them, a good working bike is EVERYTHING. It literally provides happiness, freedom, healing, hope, perspective, restoration, health, positive interaction with friends, escape from boredom and TV and video game addiction and even a positive alternative to crime!
Campus Cycles makes a difference in kids lives
That Saturday, there were many kids who brought their bikes that they couldn’t ride because they were in such bad disrepair. Tammy said, “I saw kids bring bikes that had been "out of commission" and un-used for years, and now I watch those same kids ride those bikes ferociously, leisurely, happily....every day for hours on end.”
Because of Campus Cycles giving their time and resources to this outreach, Reed Street Kids' Church has seen new children attending now as a direct result of the Lakewood bike shop coming to that Saturday outreach. And they have had more parents asking about getting their kids involved. Tammy went on to say, “I truly believe that one act of kindness can change a life forever and Campus Cycles has impacted the lives of so many because I know they do this in other neighborhoods. I believe they’re making a huge dent in our country's crime-rate among our youth.”
This Lakewood bicycle shop wants every child to discover the joy of cycling and they prove it by their actions. If you are in need of any bike repair or looking for a new bicycle for this summer, Campus Cycles offers a full service department, helmets, clothing, shoes and supplies. They have two locations at 2102 S. Washington in Denver and 7310 W. Colfax Ave in Lakewood. Store hours are Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. You can call Mark at 303-237-1115 or stop by and see their great selection of new bikes.