Earn A Bike

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Written by Peter Garver
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 13:49

OCBC's Earn A Bike program is an in-depth course of bike repair and riding. By completing this program, students earn a refurbished basic mountain bike, with a new helmet and lock. With 15 hours of training in bike maintenance and safe cycling, this program is the most efficient way we can help young riders use bikes safely and effectively.  Participants earn their bike by doing bike-repair tasks, and by learning and practicing safe-cycling Traffic Skills.

Schools or other groups interested in presenting/hosting an Earn A Bike program at their own location should please look at our On-Site Earn A Bike page.

Youth Requirements for Earn A Bike program at OCBC:

  • Be 8 to 18 years old, and able to ride without training wheels (see How to Ride a Bike if needed)
  • Attend our Volunteer orientation with a parent/legal guardian or parent-designated adult
  • Fill out and return a  Release Form signed by a legal parent/guardian, designating any other adults, if necessary, who may come to class or volunteer with the student (The Release Form is a PDF file -- if needed, you can download the reader here.)
  • Follow our three rules of respect, resourcefulness, and reciprocity
  • Send an email, call or visit to set up an appointment to choose a bike. 
  • With a parent or parent-designated adult (if under 16 years old), do either of the following:

Take our Shop Class series
OR
Volunteer for ten hours 

Note: adults working with Earn A Bike students will also earn volunteering credits they may use in the same ways as any Volunteer, or may apply them towards an upgraded bike for their child (but the child must still meet the other Earn A Bike requirements).

How adults can earn a bike:

Option 1: Purchase an as-is, not-yet-refurbished bike (with cash or Volunteer credits) and tune it up by taking our shop class.

  • We prefer that you tune your own bike through the shop class because you will learn important maintenance tips and basic bike concepts that you can use to keep your bike running longer and working well.
  • Register for a shop class series on our sign-up page here.
  • Send an email, call or visit to set up an appointment to choose a bike. 

Option 2: Purchase a refurbished bike with volunteer credits

  • Attend a Volunteer orientation, held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 7 - 9pm.
  • Volunteer until you have enough credits ($5 earned per hour) to purchase a refurbished bike. Up to 150 credits can be spent on the cost of a bike.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:37 )