Earn-a-Bike

Kids learn lifetime skills while earning credits.

Through our unique Earn-a-Bike workshops, youth in Marin County complete hands-on lessons in bike mechanics and bike safety, while gaining credits towards their own bike, parts and accessories.

Additionally, this program provides youth:
  • A safe, productive and fun place to go after school.
  • A community to which they belong and where they can interact with other kids.
  • Ongoing support from caring adults.
  • Job training and first steps towards successful employment as adults.

We run these workshops from our own facility located in San Rafael’s Canal District, a unique multi-cultural neighborhood. Some participating youth go beyond the basic curriculum and learn advanced mechanics. Over the years, we have hired numerous participants as Earn-a-Bike instructors, while others have assisted at our Re-Cyclery Bike Shop.

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“It’s fun working on bikes, and it’s a good way to spend your time. I learned that eating healthy is good, and recycling and stuff is good for the environment.”

- Irbin, 16 years old

“Through Trips for Kids, I was able to earn my first few bikes and that helped me get around town. The Earn-a-Bike program helped prepare me for the working world without all the responsibility…I was able to expand my skill set to include a wider range of bikes and that helped me get my job as a bike mechanic. “

- Devindra, former Earn-a-Bike participant

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