De’Ronn Marbury, 11-years old, Carson, sits on his new bike during a Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition bicycle giveaway at The Center in Hollywood Friday, August 5, 2022. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Eleven-year-old De’Ronn Marbury sat on his new, slightly-used mountain bike and looked it over with a smile and a glint in his eye. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition gave him the Giant brand bike during their “Bike Match” giveaway event in Hollywood on Friday, Aug. 5. “I’m happy I got it (bike) for free, and it’s sweet, this is my ride,” Marbury said with a grin. “I’m excited to ride it to school and other places.”
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to make all communities in L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride a bike through advocacy, education and outreach.
People lined up outside The Center in Hollywood, a homeless services nonprofit, to get a bike. About 100 bikes were ready for new riders to ride. The Bike Match program was developed during the pandemic to get donated bikes into the hands of people that need them, according to Executive Director Eli Akira Kaufman. “The design of the program is to get bicycles into the hands of essential workers and people in need, such as the under-housed. To help people kinda unload those bikes they weren’t using, that were stuck in closets or garages and match them up with people in need.”