Lending a helping hand can result in riding off into the sunset.

Hamilton Police Service's Community Policing Centres and Tim Hortons gave away 130 brand new mountain bikes as part of the Earn-a-bike program.

New rides and safety helmets were given to local children ages 9-12 Tuesday morning. The kids earned their new set of wheels for completing 30 hours of community service work which included cleaning up schools, parks or helping out in local community organizations.

Shady Oram, 11, was thrilled to pedal her new set of wheels.

"It's awesome. I rode my old bike yesterday and the light fell off. This one is pretty," she said.

Oram volunteered at an Early Years centre helping play with the children and clean toys.

"In this program, the kids earn their bike and at the same time gain a sense of pride knowing they have contributed to their community," explained police volunteer co-ordinator Marg Marshall.

This is the 16th year for Earn-a-bike in Hamilton.

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