Riding a bike on a hot summer day is a rite of passage. And yet for some children, they may not have a bike to call their own. This is why each year, Thomson Reuters employees gather outside at the company’s Eagan, Minn. campus for a Build-a-Bike event; the bikes they assemble are then donated to area children in-need.

The event this year, held earlier this week, saw Thomson Reuters employees working alongside local law enforcement agencies. And although the day started rather gloomy, by the end of the day the sun was shining off of 100 newly-built bikes. A team from Erik’s Bike Shop was on-hand to safety-check each bike – after few employees gave them a quick post-build “safety” ride – before they were loaded onto trucks and vans by officers to be brought back to their communities and distributed to children. Each child also will receive a helmet donated by the American Academy of Neurology.

Representatives from the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, which worked with Thomson Reuters to identify and coordinate the involvement of area law enforcement, also were on-hand and were pleased to share media coverage from the event.

But this wasn’t the only day where “Thomson Reuters” and “bikes” shared a headline recently…

Last week, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Thomson Reuters Eagan campus as a “Bike Friendly Business” in Minnesota. This was all part of a two-year effort led by the Eagan campus Commuting Committee, Community Affairs and the Green Team to improve campus life and promote employee sustainability and health.

To see more from the Build-a-Bike event, visit Twin Cities CBS-affiliate WCCO for their coverage of the event.

 

Elise Elliott, a student from Eagan High School, contributed to this report. Legal Current extends a warm “thank you” to Elise and the Eagan High School Mentor program.