Free bikes offered by police in Peoria

Published: May. 31, 2023 at 10:58 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) -Santa arrived in Peoria Wednesday, wearing a police uniform.

It was the second “Free Bikes For Kids” event at the Gateway Building.

This time, the police department enlisted some help, including local bike shops and WalMart, to refurbish 63 bicycles, plus give away 33 new ones.

That’s 96 bikes distributed, in a cost-free lottery system.

”I wanted to make it a little bit better. I wanted to make it a little more personable. So, it’s also a hot day. So, we did waters, we did juices, uh, ice cream sandwiches. Icees,” said Officer Mike Featherstone with Peoria Neighborhood Services.

City fire stations were used as drop off sites for donated rides.

Officer Featherstone also bought some helmets for the kids and offered an obstacle course, too.