We teach youth how to fix bikes, give them the chance to earn a bike and to explore new places by bike.
Youth start in our Earn-A-Bike class or in Ride Club
Learn how to fix bikes with specialty bike tools! In our Earn-A-Bike class youth learn the basics of bike repair and maintenance by fixing up a bike that has been donated to Neighborhood Bike Works. At Earn-A-Bike graduation, students are able to keep the bike they've refurbished and they can also bring home a lock and helmet. Additionally, the class includes lessons on safe urban riding, health, and nutrition.
All graduates of the Earn-A-Bike program can continue to work in the shop, earning hours they can trade for more bikes, parts, and accessories. Graduates also get the chance to participate in our many advanced level programs.
Earn-A-Bike is open to youth ages 11 - 18.
Fall 2019: We are offering two sessions. Please register for one!
Monday/Wednesday classes run September 23 - November 4
Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6pm
Tuesday/Thursday classes run September 24 - November 5
Class Meets Tuesdays & Thurs 4-6pm
To sign up, fill out a youth application and make a $25 deposit to Neighborhood Bike Works — the deposit will be refunded when the student completes the class. Please pay by cash or check. We accept applications by mail and in person.
Ride Club is a four-week after-school program that enables youth ages 8-12 to explore Philadelphia by bike! Through group rides, youth explore natural, historic, and artistic spaces in West Philadelphia. Ride Club emphasizes bike safety and rules of the road, along with the joys of bicycle adventure. Youth will ride on Philadelphia streets and use Circuit trails and bike paths that are connected to initiatives such as The East Coast Greenway and Get Active 58! Ride Club curriculum includes lessons on health, fitness, and on-the-road bike repairs.
All Ride Club participants should know how to ride a bike and must be able to ride 20 minutes without a break. Neighborhood Bike Works can provide youth with a bike and helmet to use during rides.
Rides vary between two and six miles per day, and will also vary based on the ability of youth in the class. Ride Club is free. After completing Ride Club, youth have the opportunity to participate in Neighborhood Bike Works' graduate programs.
Summer 2019: FILLED Fridays, 10-Noon June 28 - August 23
Open to: ages 8 to 12
To graduate, each participant is expected to attend 75% of classes. The first four classes are especially critical to students' success!