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Join Date: May 2008
Bikes: Giant Boulder
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I run a program for a non-profit organization in a low-income neighborhood. We have a bike safety day every year, bringing in a certified mechanic and other bike savvy people to work on bikes. But basically, we are a riding group. We teach the kids safe road riding and mountain biking technique on a weekly basis. We have about 10 kids right now, the program is in its second year.
We ride together with the kids at least once a week, and also tend to their bikes with small tune-ups. Through grant money and other programs, we were able to get every kid wearing a helmet, and also were able to purchase some awesome bikes for them to use. We have several treks, cannondales, redlines, and a couple specialized hotrocks. So we work on their bikes, but we also put them on nice equipment to get them excited about the sport.
We also run on a points system. Where if they ride with us for an hour, it is worth ten dollars. They have the chance to earn their helmets, bike computers, bells, bike components, and even bikes themselves. It has been a terrific program, we are run completely by volunteers, and one AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer (myself).
If you ever have any questions about the model we have been using, don't hesitate PM'ing me or anything.
What the Boys and Girls club you spoke of is doing is great. If we had something like that in our area, we wouldn't have created a new program like this. Why reinvent the wheel...? Right?