Pay it Forward: Steve Kime

November 28, 2016 11:36 AM

(ABC 6 News) – Our latest ABC 6 News – Home Federal Bank Pay it Forward award is going to a man who’s made it easier for people to get around town.

"We probably don't have enough time to list all his volunteering efforts, but I was watching the Pay It Forward on TV one day and I thought, ‘You know, the share a bike program, the Red Bike Program in Austin is so neat for residents, as well as visitors to Austin, and Steve is the face of that.’" said Connie Priebe.  


Connie is talking about Steve Kime, the Austin resident who came up with the idea for the city's free Red Bike Share Program. We profiled the idea in February, when students at Riverland Community College were painting the bikes, and again when the program was introduced to the public in April. 

Connie thought the program was such a good idea, she nominated Steve for an ABC 6 News - Home Federal Bank Pay It Forward award, which, of course, comes with a cash prize. 

We caught up with Steve at the Rydjor Bike Shop, home of the Red Bike Program, where Connie presented Steve with the $600. 

If you know Steve, you also know the Red Bike Program is far from the only volunteer work he does.  

"After I retired, it was an opportunity for me to do some things. I had the time," said Steve.  

"Austin has lots of wonderful volunteers, but I think Steve is at the top of the list," said Connie.  

"I love it. I love Austin. I'd like to make it the best place it can possibly be," said Steve. 

Steve says the $600 prize will go right back into the Red Bike Program.


Dan Conradt

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