“A Christmas tree made of 120 new bicycles that will be donated to needy children will lit up at the American Tobacco Campus on Friday December 2nd.
The Tree of Bikes, based on a project done in New Zealand and now the first of its kind in the United States, has transformed what was for more than a decade a modest effort to give local children bicycles for Christmas into a community-wide event to celebrate the spirit of giving.”
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Learn more about the Tree of Bikes by watching our short documentary. Tree of Bikes is an amazing 25-ft tall sculpture made entirely of new bikes for kids. 120 of the donated bikes collected will be on display. All bikes collected will go to children living in affordable housing.
Photo and documentary courtesy of Red Star Media Group.
The Tree of Bikes was the first of its kind in the United States. This inspiring piece of art displayed 120 bicycles on a 24 foot, hand-crafted, aluminum tree frame in the heart of the American Tobacco Campus located in Durham, NC.
Inspired by Durham resident Stevon L. Green, who organized fundraisers to provide bikes for children in his neighborhood, Blake Strayhorn, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Durham was sparked by an idea he saw on the Internet to help increase and bring awareness to the bike collection efforts.
The Tree of Bikes brought together a community and sparked children’s imaginations at Christmas. In 2015, over 240 bikes and helmets where collected and distributed to children in affordable housing at the Cornwallis Road Housing Project in Durham, NC.