Biking for Books (B4B) was founded in 2013 by two brothers, Faraz Ahmad and Safi Ahmad. Both are avid cyclists and have biked across two continents. They joined forces with Barry Bryant, a graduate of St. Louis city schools, to organize the annual cycling event. Together, they recognized the need of books in St. Louis City Schools and the potential of being able to make a contribution from a collective biking event.
B4B increases awareness of educational needs and helps provide students with books through the activity of biking. This event aims to promote exercise; by engaging in this physical activity, students are able to clear their minds and focus inside the classroom. The ride also has the added benefit of getting students involved in an activity which will help their future health and wellness.
B4B’s annual ride is comprised of 10, 25 and 50 mile routes; the funds collected are used to purchase books for Saint Louis City Schools. Over the past five years, Biking For Books has donated books worth about $130,000 to Saint Louis City Schools. All of this is possible because of the participation and generosity of our supporters who believe in the value of public education for all Americans..