All students enter NBW through one of our three entry-level programs: Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, or Summer Camp. These programs are designed to support youth in exploring new places, learning new skills, and working with their peers. After graduating from an Entry Level program, youth will be prepared for more advanced programs at NBW, such as those described on the Graduate Level page.
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 free to the participants and open to youth ages 11 - 18.
Who: Youth ages 11 to 18
Dates: April 16 - May 21
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4-6pm
Location: Class is held at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave. We both meet and dismiss from this location.
To Sign Up for Class: Once we recieve your application, the class instructor will call you to confirm enrollment and answer questions. Classes are limited to 12 students and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Classes fill quickly, but we do maintain a waitlist. If interested, please call Alex, our Mechanics Program Coordinator at (215) 386-0316 x 115
Ride Club is a four-week after-school program that enables youth ages 8-18 to explore Philadelphia by bike! Through group rides, youth explore natural, historic, and artistic spaces in West Philadlephia. 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 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.
Spring 2019: Tues & Thurs 4-6pm April 30 - May 30
Summer 2019: Fridays, 10am-12pm June 28 - August 23
Open to: ages 8 to 12
Location: Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave. Classes meet and dismiss from Neighborhood Bike Works.
Sign Up: Classes are limited to 12 students and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Hold a spot in the next class by returning a completed Youth Application & Waiver. Our instructors will call the parent/guardian to discuss any potential scheduling conflicts or transportation issues before confirming enrollment.
* If you want Neighborhood Bike Works to offer a Ride Club class at your school or community center, please contact us to discuss details and fees.
To graduate, each participant is expected to attend 75% of classes. The first four clases are especially critical to students' success!
Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) Summer Team
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.
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. Philadelphia youth learn about teamwork, perseverance, and goal-setting. When you join team NBW, you open up a wealth of opportunities.
This team is made possible through a partnership with theBicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
The summer session is a 7-week entry-level program for youth ages 12+.
Program Schedule: TBD
Location: Practice meets and dismisses at Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave.