An Earn-A-Bike program enables students to earn a bike of their own by rebuilding, repairing, and completing a set of maintenance tasks so that they have the knowledge and experience to maintain it once it is theirs. This program builds sweat equity, which creates a sense of ownership beyond what a bike giveaway would create as well as a sense of accomplishment due to having created a working bicycle.
The program aims to encourage youth of all ages to ride bicycles more often by assisting them to develop maintenance skills. Typically, a session would require 12-15 hours, with classes lasting 1.5 to 2.5 hours each. If it takes fewer classes for a bike to pass safety checks, students are expected to continue to come to class and assist other students with finishing their bikes prior to being able to take their own bike home.
Classes can take the form of a full Earn-A-Bike class or a hybrid class where some students are earning bikes and others are repairing and rebuilding the bikes they already own. It can also be a service-based class where a set of students repair and rebuild bikes to gift to other kids in need.
We provide the bikes (typically used), stands, tools, and instructors.