The co-op's Earn-A-Bike program for kids

In shop Earn-A-Bike

With an adult

The Earn A Bike program is an in-depth course of bike repair and safe cycling for youth, who, upon completion, are awarded a bike they have repaired themselves, with a new lock and helmet. (For adults wishing to get a bike by volunteering, please see the Membership page.)

Any children ages 8 to 18 — working with a parent or other designated adult — can participate anytime the shop is open. If designating another adult, parents are urged to visit the shop before their child begins the program, but the permission/release form is also available here).

Release Form (external link) (10k PDF - download the reader here (external link))

To earn a bike, students work together with their adult for 8 hours (on their own schedule — our only requirement is that each visit last at least an hour), doing jobs that will teach them about bike repair. Then they can choose a bike to work on themselves, with help from us, which takes about 2 hours. Finally, they must join us for a Saturday ride (with their adult) to learn the basics of safe riding, and get their helmet and lock.

If they wish, they (again, with their adult) may take our Bike Basics shop class anytime after they have started earning a bike.

Without an adult

In-shop Earn A Bike is offered for un-accompanied children through City of Cleveland Recreation Centers.

Here is the how the Rec Center Earn A Bike program worked in 2007 (it will be expanded in 2008:

Enrollment through these rec centers:
Estabrook Recreation Center 4125 Fulton Ave. (216) 664-4149
Glenville Recreation Center 680 E. 113th St. (216) 664-2516
Michael Zone Recreation Center 6301 Lorain Ave. (216) 664-3373
Stella Walsh Recreation Center 7345 Broadway Ave. (216) 664-4658

Any children 10 to 12 years old can sign up for the Earn A Bike program at any of these rec centers for our course of 5 classes, and earn a donated used bike that they will help fix up, and a new helmet and lock, and basic tools for it. All students MUST be able to ride a two-wheeler, have a parent sign a permission form, and come to all five classes in the course to get a bike.

There are two courses offered through each rec center:

Zone: Tuesdays May 1st - 29th, and Fridays August 3rd - 31st
Estabrook: Wednesdays May 2nd - 30th and Tuesdays July 17th - Aug 14th
Stella W.: Tuedays June 5th - July 3rd and Fridays September 7th - Oct 5th
Glenville: Fridays June 1st - 29th and Wednesdays Aug 8th - Sept 5th.

All classes will run 4:30 - 7:30 PM (5 - 7 on site at OCBC), except
the first of each course, which will be at each respective rec center,
from 4:30 to 5:30. Healthy snacks will be provided.

After finishing an Earn A Bike course students will know how to repair flat tires, check the mechanical safety of a bicycle, adjust brakes and bearings, and properly fit a bike. They also will gain riding skills like emergency stopping, merging, and signaling, and will know how to ride safely and legally on the sidewalk or in traffic, and how traffic laws apply to bicyclists.

Adult volunteers for the Earn A Bike program with patience and good humor will find a rewarding challenge — no mechanical skills needed: just take our Basic Shop Class, and pass a background check.

Created by: pgarver. Last Modification: Thursday 10 of January, 2008 03:23:40 UTC by JSheehan.
The original document is available at http://www.ohiocitycycles.org/wiki/tiki-index.php?page=EarnABike