Access to bikes
One in two kids in the lower income neighborhoods where we work do not have a bike that is in good working condition. As a result, we give kids of all ages the chance to earn their very own bike.
Bike Libraries are re-purposed shipping containers that become mini “bike hubs” complete with refurbished bikes, tools, parts and helmets. Bike Libraries are located at local Community Centers as well as numerous local schools. Our partners use the Bike Libraries to run bicycling programming that suits their needs, offers the opportunities for youth to earn their own bike, and otherwise provide ongoing access to bicycles!
Our community center and school partners use the libraries to allow youth to earn bikes, host group rides, and teach bike mechanics.
We are bringing community back through sharing the activity of bicycling. We host a variety of rides all year which are free and open to the public. From May – September we host a weekly PopCycle Ride at America the Beautiful Park. This is a free, fun family ride where everyone is welcome, from little tykes to grandparents. We take a leisurely ride along the Santa Fe Trail stopping half way on the “PopCycle Bridge” to enjoy a cold treat. Join us in creating community through biking.
Great Bicycle Carnival
We also host the annual Great Bicycle Carnival which is a huge celebration of bicycling. We want our community to embrace bicycling because we live in one of the best communities for trail riding, commuting and a healthy lifestyle.
85-88% of critical health and brain injuries can be prevented through use of a helmet. In our experience approximately 70% of the kids in low income neighborhoods in which we work do not own or wear a helmet when riding a bike. We are changing attitudes, beliefs and opportunities so that all kids wear a helmet while riding a bike.
Going for a ride
Review & conclusion
Bike safety at schools
Kids rarely receive any education about safely riding a bike in traffic. Most kids don’t even know which side of the road to ride on. We not only provide opportunities for kids to own and ride bikes, but we empower them to be safe. During a 25 minute presentation to a group of elementary school aged children, they learn how to cross busy intersections, how to ride in a group, what clothing to wear, why a helmet is important, and how to keep their bike in good repair. Help us continue to teach more kids about bike safety. Do you know a school or group who could benefit from bike safety education? Tell us about it here.
Make a decision to help
For $300 (or $25 per month), you can sponsor a child to go through the Let’s Pedal earn-a-bike program. Kids participate in 10 weeks of hands on bike riding, and at the end earn a new bike, helmet, lock and pump.