We are Bike Cops for Kids. Our work is focused on connecting Minneapolis youth to our police department in a positive way. We use bike helmets, water bottles, snacks and books as ice-breakers to meet kids in challenged neighborhoods. Our goal is to build relationships with our community's excellent young members who we believe will turn Minneapolis into a city with incredible adult citizens and leaders. We are on our way. In 10 years, we have seen the kids we have connected with grow into young men and women who have engaged in our mission and are succeeding in their own arenas of community engagement. It’s so fulfilling to hear a 22 year-old man yelling “Officer Mike” out of his car as he drives through the city. We believe that support for our efforts and similar endeavors will help develop the police department we deserve in Minneapolis. Thanks for visiting our page and helping us continue this work. We absolutely would not succeed without your support.
We are bike cops in Minneapolis. We began Bike Cops for Kids so that we could generate positive interactions throughout the communities that the Minneapolis Police Department serves and protects. We work with our partners to provide opportunities for children throughout Minneapolis to experience police officers in a fun, rewarding setting, and we hope that doing so will create even stronger ties between our officers and the citizens we serve.
We coordinate community bike rides, provide helmets, water bottles, and even some bikes, and take our community's youth to excellent events around Minneapolis on occasion, including Twins baseball games.
Watch for us around town, and feel free to join us as we ride through your community.
Our main goal is positive youth engagement throughout our city.
WHAT WE DO
Daily Bike Patrol
We try to meet our community's youth on their turf - in their front yards, on their sidewalks, in their parks. We ride around Minneapolis daily with a trailer full of brand new bike helmets and water bottles, so keep your eyes out for our bike cops!
The Ice Cream Truck
We are delighted to be able to provide free bike gear, including helmets, water bottles and more to young members of our community. How do we deliver? In an ice cream truck, of course! Come get a tasty treat while you get to know us and get outfitted for your next biking adventure around Minneapolis.
Bike Cops for Kids is pleased to be able to take deserving kids from communities across Minneapolis to see the Minnesota Twins take the field in downtown Minneapolis. Our cops and the kids we bring with us get to enjoy the game from seats located right behind homeplate for an unforgettable experience taking in the big leagues.
Allina Health and Bike Cops for Kids have partnered on many levels. Allina Health's efforts allow us to provide healthy snacks to young members of our Minneapolis communities. We are also pleased to be a part of their annual community bike giveaway event.
The American Academy of Neurology knows how to take care of noggins, and their partnership allows us to provide free bike helmets to 300 children a year in our community.
Bike Cops for Kids and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have partnered to help provide bike helmets to a number of deserving children throughout Minneapolis. Bike Cops for Kids is also pleased to occasionally assist with fun events at their locations.
Bike Cops for Kids is always looking for a sweet treat that we can give to kids in our communities, and The Cookie Cart helps us make that happen! The Cookie Cart regularly loads us up with dozens of their cookies, and we give them out as we ride.
Cub Foods' West Broadway location helps Bike Cops for Kids make some of our ice cream giveaways happen. We'll pull up our ice cream truck, and we'll leave with a freezer packed with treats for young members of our community.
Haven Housing in North Minneapolis helps Bike Cops for Kids in a number of ways, including assisting us with our business affairs.
Kemp's Ice Cream West Broadway knows ice cream, and they know that we need a lot of it to give out as we ride through Minneapolis communities! We count on them to help us re-stock the truck several times each summer.
We love being able to hand out water, ice cream and other treats to the children in our communities. Kowalski's Markets helps us make that happen.
McDonald's West Broadway and Uptown assist us by providing donated yogurt and milk products, and they even print off some McDonald's/Bike Cops for Kids cards which we can distribute throughout Minneapolis communities, good for a free ice cream cone.
Bike Cops for Kids and Minneapolis Police Bike Patrol and BRRT are natural partners. We are able to support their group in their on-the-job efforts, while Sergeant Dave Hansen and Officer Dan Lysholm help keep our bikes up and running year-round.
Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream generously donates some of their products to Bike Cops for Kids so that we can deliver them to our community's youth while we're out on our rides.
St. Vincent de Paul Charities generously donates some of the food they receive from their partners to our cause, allowing us to bring even more ice cream, cookies, candy, and other treats with us as we pedal throughout Minneapolis.
Target Corporation, based in the heart of Minneapolis, has helped us provide bikes and other bicycle equipment to the children in the communities we serve throughout Minneapolis.
3M has recently joined Bike Cops for Kids, helping us by prodividing resources that allow us to further our community engagement and giving goals.
Mike and Ann Ciresi have been donors to Bike Cops for Kids since the beginning. Mr. Ciresi's contributions have helped us interact with an increasing number of community youth, and we are grateful for his kindness and giving.
Sam and Sylvia Kaplan and their generous donations have helped Bike Cops for Kids continue to be able to provide a number of bike accessories to wonderful kids in communities across Minneapolis.
Dean and Tyler Phillips and the Phillips Family Foundation have kindly assisted Bike Cops for Kids. Dean, Tyler and their family's foundation are an integral part of our group's continuing efforts in our city.
Bike Cops for Kids and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation partner to give Minneapolis youth even more opportunity to thrive. We're working with the baseball legend and his foundation on baseball clinics and more. The foundation's funding helps us re-supply bike helmets and water bottles all summer long.
BIKE COPS FOR KIDS IN THE MEDIA
"Nearly a decade ago, two Minneapolis police officers had a simple idea: hand out free bike helmets to kids as a way to connect to the community. Over the years, the Bike Cops for Kids program has grown..."
The Star Tribune
"Eight years in, Bike Cops for Kids is rolling strong in Minneapolis. The community-building program has expanded its reach during a tense time..."
"In many ways, Jason Bain’s patrols are the same as other St. Paul officers, but he also has a unique perspective as he patrols on two wheels. He’s one of the department’s few seasonal full-time bicycle officers and he pulls a small trailer on the back of his police bike..."
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