developing shared spaces, educational workshops, gear donations and advocating to close the opportunity gap. Vans teamed up with RADShare to support this effort, providing one-on-one experiences for local kids to ride with BMX pros and get dialed in with new footwear, as well as helmets and bikes.
“Having fun and getting people stoked, for me, has always been the essence of BMX and the communities I’ve been a part of,” said Steve Crandall, RADShare founder. Bringing that level of fun and accessibility to a younger generation of riders is what Crandall and RADShare thrives on.
Through Vans, that vision has been strengthened by ongoing event, athlete and product support. This year, donations of new Vans footwear stoked out local kids at the Vans x RADShare ride day. Coming full circle, the first recipient of RADShare’s BMX bike donation program was able to nominate his friend to also receive a new bike, as well as a new helmet and Vans.
“Sitting on the roll in of the pump track and looking around at the faces, it was easy to measure the success of this collaboration,” Crandall said. “Together, we are building a more inclusive and supportive BMX community.”
Photos: Colin Mackay