Billy’s Bikes donating bicycles to people across Southwest Florida

Reporter: Claire Galt Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Billy Kirkland, owner of Billy’s Bikes handing out bikes.

If you’ve been to Sanibel, you probably know Billy’s Bikes; it’s a staple of Southwest Florida. While Ian took a toll on Billy’s Bikes, owner Billy Kirkland is doing his best to help others.

Billy’s Bikes after Hurricane Ian.

Before the causeway opened back up, Kirkland donated bikes around the island to ensure his neighbors could get around.

Billy Kirkland, owner of Billy’s Bikes.

He’s spent the past few days donating bikes across Southwest Florida, including on Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, and Pine Island.

On Wednesday, he kept going, even on his 70th birthday.

“It’s my home. You would do it, right? And it’s the right thing to do, and money’s not everything. Taking care of people is more important,” said Kirkland.

Billy said he rode out the storm on Sanibel, but in the future, he’ll choose differently.

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