Donated bicycles distributed by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

Christmas Bicycle Donations

Author: Sheriff's Office
Date: 11/13/2019 4:36 PM

The Sheriff's Office is celebrating it's 30th year of donating bicycles during the holiday season, and is inviting the community to get involved.

It's our 30th year of the season of sharing! Since 1989, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has been giving away bicycles during the holiday season. And in that spirit of giving, our Bike Program is currently seeking donations for the Christmas Bike Giveaway.

Again this year, we will have two different dates and locations for the bicycle giveaways. The first will be held on Wednesday, December 18th at 9:00 AM at the Sheriff's Honor Farm. The second giveaway will take place on Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 PM at the San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market.

If you would like to request a bike from either event, please request an application from the e-mail address listed below or go to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office website.

This program was set up 30 years ago to promote the holiday spirit by giving away refurbished bicycles and new helmets to children in need in San Luis Obispo County. Due to the generosity of the people of this County, the program has continued to be a big success.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Office Honor Farm is the assembly point for bicycles that are donated and in need of repair. Inmates who are housed at the Honor Farm make the repairs. The program instills in the inmates a positive work ethic, self-respect and a sense of worth to the community.

Individuals and businesses who wish to donate new children’s bicycle helmets in their original packaging can bring the helmet to any of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol stations or to the Sheriff’s Honor Farm located on Highway 1. If you would like to make a monetary contribution for the purchase of parts or helmets, please send a check to:

Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation

Attn: Bicycle Fund

P.O. Box 3752

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

The Sheriff's Office could not continue this program without the help and generosity of groups like Rita's Rainbows which donates money to buy bicycle helmets, Bike SLO County which donates many hours to helping inmates refurbish the bicycles, The Sandlot Group of San Luis Obispo for donating new bikes, and the Sheriff's Advisory Foundation which donates time and money to the cause.

PLEASE NOTE: we will be accepting adult bicycles but we prefer children’s bicycles since they are in high demand. If you know a child (up to 15 years of age) in need of a bicycle, please e-mail: [email protected] to request a Christmas Bicycle Application or visit and click on Resources at the top of our homepage and then forms and applications on the drop down menu. All applications are due by: November 30th, 2019.