OCBC's Earn A Bike program is an in-depth course of bike repair and riding for youth. By completing the program, students earn a refurbished basic mountain bike, with a new helmet and lock. This program is free for any child (though any donations from satisfied parents are always appreciated!).
With 15 hours of training in bike maintenance and safe cycling, this program is the best 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.
Kids have two ways to Earn A Bike at OCBC:
- volunteer with a parent or designated adult during OCBC retail hours
- enroll in a summer Earn A Bike Camp through one of the community groups that we partner with. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Anyone over 18 can earn a bike by Volunteering (but the lock and helmet are not included).
Schools or other groups interested in presenting an Earn A Bike program at their own location should look at our On-Site Earn A Bike page.
With an adult
Any children, from the age of about 8 through 15 years old can earn a bike any time the shop is open by volunteering with a parent/legal guardian or other adult their parent has designated (such as a relative, caseworker, Big Brother or Big Sister, etc.). One adult may bring up to three children, and must work with them during the entire time they are here. Kids 16 and 17 years old can volunteer without a parent, once their parent provides a schedule of their visits and the release form below.
If designating another adult, or for kids over 15, parents are
urged to attend the orientation (below) or at least visit the shop to complete
our permission/release form, but the form is also available here if
necessary (please use one copy of this
form for each child):
Release Form (PDF file -- if needed, you can download the reader here)
Adults working with Earn A Bike students also earn volunteering credits and may use in the same way as for any Volunteering, or may apply them towards a better bike for their child (but the child must still meet the other Earn A Bike requirements).
The first step is to attend our Volunteer/member orientation on Wednesdays from 7 - 8pm with their parent and/or parent-designated adult. Then they work together with their adult for 10 hours (on their own schedule — our only requirement is that each visit last at least an hour), doing jobs that will teach them about bike repair. They may take (again, with their parent or designated adult) the required Bike Basics and Traffic Skills Intro classes after they have been volunteering for three hours.
Requirements for Earn A Bike program during retail hours at OCBC:
- be able to ride without training wheels (see How to Ride a Bike if needed)
- have a signed Release
- attend our Volunteer/member orientation
- Volunteer with a parent or parent-designated adult (if under 16 years old)
- volunteer from 1 to 3 hours per visit, for at least 10 hours
- provide a schedule of visits
- take Bicycle Basics maintenance class
- take Intro to Traffic Skills class
- not wear sandals, baggy pants, or hairstyles that make a helmet fit poorly
- follow our three rules: respect, resourcefulness, and reciprocity
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