Folks can say what they want about LeBron James, the man continues to use his platform and resources to make a difference in the community!
“A bike is freedom. A bike is opportunity. Whether you’re a kid from Akron or New York, it can take you all the way to whomever you want to be.:
On Tuesday his Uninterrupted company partnered with Lyft to give New York Teens one year of FREE access to bikes for a year as part of Lyft’s new program LyftUp.
The NBA star surprised teens who were gathered at the Harlem YMCA when he showed up to announce that he and the ride-share company would be giving out free Citi Bike memberships to local youths in the spring.
“I was a kid who grew up in the inner city back in Ohio riding bikes.”
“What bikes did for me — to be able to travel across the city with my friends to get from my home to school, or to get to basketball practices or football practices … it’s a segue to be able to do so many things that can also carry you for the rest of your life,” James added.Embed from Getty Images
James stressed the importance to the city of building bike lanes to keep people safe while riding, according to the NYT.
“Safety is always first, and for the city to understand that bike lanes is very important for the kids’ safety,” he said. “For adults that want to ride, too. So this is very important.”
Check out the promo video for the campaign, which reminds me of my childhood days in Chicago riding bikes with my little brother and cousins through the city. #Justakidfromthechi