Kids learn lifetime skills while wrenching on bikes.
Earn-A-Bike is a rewarding and powerful after-school program where kids learn lifetime skills while wrenching on bikes. In a typical non-COVID-19 year, this multi-week course, along with optional rides and open-session work days, earns beginner students a bike, helmet, and lock. Hands-on lessons in bike mechanics and bike safety are grounded in STEAM principles and help students gain valuable skills and understanding in science and engineering. Classes are normally held at our training center in San Rafael’s multi-cultural Canal District.
Earn-a-Bike students, in a typical year, also enjoy field trips to places like local bike parks and various mountain bike trails. Field trips encourage fitness through fun, healthy exercise and positive life choices. During the program, we provide a safe place for kids to go after school to gain new skills and a sense of responsibility.
Many of our students return after the first class to learn advanced mechanics. Over the years, several graduates have been hired as Earn-A-Bike assistant instructors, and others have worked at local bike shops including our own Re-Cyclery!
Earn-A-Bike: at Home
Re-tooled and better-than-ever, our Earn-A-Bike program is back with a structure and curriculum built for the era of online classes! With class sizes limited to six students, each session of our Earn-A-Bike at Home program facilitates meaningful and engaged discussions. Likewise, every session is supported by interactive hands-on homework to bring the concepts to life. Most importantly, if the students are able to attend all lessons and complete all homework - they will still earn a bike! If you know any students in San Rafael's Canal Community that might be interested, please contact our Earn-A-Bike Program Manager.
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
Interested? Contact our Earn-A-Bike Program Manager