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 in the 3rd – 5th grade the chance to earn their very own bike. These kids aren’t getting a hand out, rather they are learning the value of goal setting, character development, bike safety and skills as well as healthy living. They earn their bikes just like they will one day earn a living. Kids in the program earn points for accomplishing milestones throughout the program and in the end the pride and joy on their face as they earn their new bikes is priceless. We bring a full fleet of bikes for this 10 week program so that kids can practice their skills in their own neighborhoods. For $300 you can sponsor a child in our earn-a-bike program and give them the joy of earning their very own bike.
In the community
Our Bike Libraries are re-purposed shipping containers that are now mini “bike hubs” complete with refurbished used bikes, tools, parts and an outdoor repair station. These bike libraries are located at Meadows Park, Deerfield Hills and Hillside Community Centers as well as at six local elementary schools.
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.
Having the tools and resources to keep your bike in good repair is important. In our earn-a-bike program, we teach kids how to fix a flat and do simple maintenance. We even give them their own bike pump and tire repair kit to keep them riding longer.
The BikeMobile is a mobile bike fleet and repair station that will bring bikes and bike tools to neighborhood parks where our volunteer mechanics will help to host a free bike clinic day to fix up bikes.
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.