Neighborhood Bike Works' graduate level programs keep youth engaged, allow them to practice repair and riding skills, and provide weekend activities.
Youth must have completed Earn-A-Bike, Summer Camp, or Ride Club to be eligible to participant in any graduate level programs. Some graduate programs have additional age restrictions. These are noted below in the program description. All graduate programs are FREE and all programs meet at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Drop-In Repair Clinics:
Fix your bike! Drop-In sessions are Saturday open shop sessions for graduates to continue learning and practicing bike mechanic skills. Youth must have completed Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, or Summer Camp in order to participate. Students can continue work on the bike they've earned, begin work on a new project, or help with tasks around the shop to earn additional credit hours. These credit hours will allow them to purchase new bikes, parts, and accessories.
By participating in Drop-In, youth can stay engaged in our programs, advance their knowledge, and gain further opportunities to work with us through internships, apprenticeships, and summer jobs.
Program Schedule: Drop-In is a year round program offered on Saturdays at 3939 Lancaster Ave.. Occasionally, we close the shop during the holidays. Please call to make sure we are open. Drop-In runs from 10:00AM - 2:00PM on Saturdays.
Monthly Group Rides & Events:
Once a month, NBW selects a fun, interesting ride for graduates, parents, and current class participants to add some extra miles on their wheels! Monthly rides are a great way to get out and explore our city while learning something new. Past trips have included mountain biking at Belmont plateau, crossing the Ben Franklin bridge to Camden, doing a historical bike tour in Old City, and visiting green spaces such as Cobbs Creek, John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, and Bartram's Garden. During the iced over winter months, we will host an indoor event at our shop (3939 Lancaster Ave.). These events have included a movie screening, arts and crafts, a guest speaker, a mechanics workshop, and more!
Graduates have an opportunity to earn hours on the ride that can be used to earn bikes, bike parts, and accessories.
Sign Up: Space is often limited to 15 youth per ride and we ask that all youth have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian in order to participate. Parents/Guardians MUST sign a Consent Form which will give permission for the youth to join us on any ride or event during the year. Every month we will send out and email about the upcoming ride, all you have to do is respond with your RSVP and show up for the ride or event! During winter months we will plan indoor activities. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend with their child(ren).
November 11, 2017: 11AM - 4PM Join us in honoring the legend of cycling great, "Major" Marshall Taylor, the first African American to win the world track championship. We will ride through Fairmount Park and then enjoy the Philadelphia Assembled exhibit at the Perelman Building. After sharing reflections and food, we will return to NBW for dismissal. As always, everything is provided - bike, helmet, water bottle. Parents/guardians invited. Please RSVP for the ride!
Explore Philadelphia parks, watesheds, and green spaces! Ride a mountain bike on some of our region's best bike trails!
Program Schedule: September 11 - October 25. Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM, plus three optional Saturdays (9/23, 10/7, 10/21) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Location: This class meets and dismisses at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Cadence Cycling Team:
Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) fosters healthy habits, independence, and leadership, one ride at a time. Through the sport of cycling, our Philadelphia youth learn about teamwork, perseverance, and goal-setting. When you join team NBW, you open up a wealth of opportunities. BCYC runs 8 spring teams and 6 summer teams in schools, housing development sites, and rec centers throughout Philadelphia.
With road bikes sponsored by Fuji, participants develop their skills in racing their bike, try their hand in a Time Trial and Criterium race, ride places they’ve never been before, make new friends with young cyclists from other teams, and learn more about bicycling in Philadelphia. Our spring season culminates with a ride up “The Wall” when all BCYC youth get to ride along the route of the Philadelphia Cycling Classic!
Youth will be able to use a racing bike from BCYC and will be given some basic race team gear and accessories. Youth should always bring their helmet to practice and are welcome to bring other equipment if they would like.
BCYC is made possible through a partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Program Schedule: Spring program. 2018 Dates TBD. Practice runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Meets at NBW.
Location: Cadence meets and dismisses at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave.
Kinetic Sculpture Class:
In NBW's Kinetic Sculpture Class students get to design and build kinetic sculptures with local artists. Through fun hands-on projects and activities, participants have the chance to make art MOVE! We will even enter the sculpture the class builds into the Kinetic Sculpture Derby. Students will have the chance to ride the sculpture and check out the other creative human powered kinetic sculptures in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby on May 21st!
Spring 2018. Dates TBD. Classes meet on Friday afternoons from 4:00-7:00 pm at our shop at 3939 Lancaster Ave. On Saturday, May 20, we will lead a group of youth on our Monthly Group Ride to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby to check out all the great designs in this family friendly event!
The Kinetic Sculpture Class is a FREE after-school program offered to NBW students who have graduated from Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, Freedom to Ride, or Summer Camp.
Books for Hours:
This program aims to engage youth in reading to promote self-awareness, awareness of African American history, critical thinking, and to encourage expression - including weighing in on real issues that youth see and experience. Through the "Books for Hours" program youth can read books from our bookshelf, discuss them with NBW staff or their peers, and earn points towards their next bike or bike accessory. Most books on the shelf share stories of African American history and culture - stories largely unrecognized or misrepresented in our books and reading lists. Any youth graduate can check out a book from us during any program - Drop In or another program that are enrolled in. Or, just stop in during office hours to peruse the shelf and pick up something of interest.
Youth Bike Summit:
The Youth Bike Summit is an annual summit, bringing together youth, staff, and other supporters from youth bike groups across the country. Youth have the opportunity to travel and participate in the national movement to promote bike advocacy and bike equity. In 2015, youth attending on behalf of NBW presented a workshop that they proposed, designed, and rehearsed. The Summit consists of a series of workshops, keynote speeches, and networking opportunities all over the course of three days. The next Youth Bike Summit is scheduled for October 6-8, 2017 in Arlington, VA. It will be hosted by Phoenix Bikes.