Access to Bikes
Let’s Pedal Earn-A-Bike
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.
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.
A barrier to biking when coming from a low income family is having the tools and resources to keep your bike in good repair. 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. However, to keep bicycling a sustainable mode of transportation or childhood fun, we must commit to helping keep those bikes in good working condition.
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. Our goal is to get more bikes back out on the street.